Japan says its prime minister has promised to provide the world with "maximum transparency" about the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Prime Minister Naoto Kan spoke during a telephone call with Chinese President Hu Jintao Wednesday.
Japan's foreign ministry said he also offered his heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Hu for the support and assistance Japan has received from China during the crisis. It said Mr. Hu expressed confidence that Japan will overcome the situation, and asked that Tokyo continue to provide all necessary information.
Both China and South Korea expressed concern this month after Japan began pumping radioactive water from the Fukushima plant into the ocean without first notifying its neighbors. Japan later apologized.