Japan will need $51 billion for
decontamination efforts after the nation's worst nuclear disaster,
five times what the government has allocated, reports said Wednesday.
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology said Tuesday that cleanup work in the no-go zone around the Fukushima Daiichi plant will cost up to 2 trillion yen, while 3.1 trillion yen will be needed in outlying areas.
The decontamination effort is behind schedule and levels of radiation remain high in some areas.
The government is conducting the work without knowing how much it will cost to achieve a level that would meet residents' expectations, institute member Junko Nakanishi was quoted by public broadcaster NHK as saying.
The institute said costs could rises further for storing irradiated materials, because the government has yet to work out details for interim storage facilities.
The plant suffered meltdowns at three of its six reactors after an earthquake and tsunami hit the complex in March 2011.
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