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Japanese Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, right, in protective gear inspects storage tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Motegi pledged urgent action Monday to curb leaks of radiation-contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. Motegi told reporters that lax maintenance by the plant’s operator was largely to blame for leaks of water from storage tanks surrounding the plant on Japan’s northeastern coast, which suffered triple meltdowns after the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. “The urgency of the situation is very high,” Motegi said. “From here on the government will take charge.” (AP Photo/Kyodo News, Pool) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT