Japan’s government has ordered air and sea assets to be used to rebuild damaged areas of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, as Tokyo considers sending in troops to help repair the damaged buildings.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved a proposal on Thursday to send in a group of up to 30,000 troops, which will be responsible for rebuilding the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant, the main nuclear plant in the crippled nation.
Abe said the deployment of the troops would be in response to the government’s decision to issue a special declaration for the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.
In addition to the air force, the deployment will involve sea and air assets.
The move comes amid a series of recent incidents at the plant, including two explosions that damaged the core of the reactor.
Agency spokeswoman Yui Fukumoto said in a statement that the relocation of the nuclear facility’s residents would help to prevent a catastrophic accident.
The nuclear plant is still damaged from years of cooling, and is only partially functional.
It was damaged by a tsunami in March 2011 that severely damaged the damaged reactors.
A nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant in March 2015.
A tsunami caused a tsunami that devastated the Fukushima power plant in 2011.
Aurora, Colorado-based U.S. nuclear giant Westinghouse said in March that it would buy 20 nuclear reactors from Japan for up to $7.7 billion, or $2.5 billion per reactor, to replace the reactors damaged by the March 2011 tsunami.
Westinghouse’s agreement to buy the reactors came as the U.K. government said it would halt construction on its planned nuclear plant at Blackpool, citing concerns about the long-term safety of the plants fuel rods.