Japan’s nuclear crisis stretched to three weeks on Friday with radiation widening from a crippled power plant and scant hope of a quick resolution.
France — the most nuclear-dependent nation in the world — called for new global nuclear rules and proposed a global conference in France for May as President Nicolas Sarkozy paid a quick visit to Tokyo to show support.
It was the first visit by a foreign leader since a March 11 earthquake and tsunami battered northeast Japan, leaving nearly 28,000 people dead or missing.
An abnormal level of radioactive cesium appeared in beef from the area for the first time, but Japan’s nuclear safety agency wants to test it again as it had some doubts over test results, Kyodo added.
The Japanese disaster has appalled the world and revived heated debate over the safety and benefits of atomic power.