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Government to stay involved in Fukushima plant decommissioning

New plan outlines possible extension of public ownership of Tepco long into the future

Tepco will continue to shoulder the costs of cleanup and decommissioning at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

TOKYO -- The industry ministry said Monday that the government plans to stay involved in the decommissioning and compensation payment programs of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings (Tepco) for an extended period of time.

The decision could prolong the government's de facto nationalization of Tepco, the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, thereby keeping its grip on the company's management.

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