TOKYO, May 17 (UPI) -- Tokyo said Tuesday it would accept a delegation of international nuclear experts to investigate the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the reactors at a quake-crippled nuclear power plant would be shut down by the end of the year.
New information indicates damage to the plant from a March 11 earthquake and tsunami was worse than thought. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano was quoted by the Kyodo News as saying transparency was essential when examining the nuclear crisis in Japan.
"With regard to the accident, our country has committed to ensuring the utmost transparency for the international community," he was quoted as saying. "The acceptance of the team is part of this (commitment) and it will be fruitful for sharing our country's experience with other countries."
A team of 20 experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to conduct "a tentative assessment" of the nuclear crisis. They will report their findings in late June at a ministerial meeting in Vienna.
IAEA investigators are expected to visit the crippled nuclear plant during their visit.