UN Chief to visit quake-ravaged Japan

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Japan this week to assess the situation in the earthquake and tsunami ravaged country, particularly at the Fukushima nuclear plant where radiation levels have reached a record high.

Last Updated: Aug 03, 2011, 11:07 AM IST

United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon will travel to Japan later this week to assess the
situation in the earthquake and tsunami ravaged country,
particularly at the Fukushima nuclear plant where radiation
levels have reached a record high.
Moon will visit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power
station "to see first-hand the devastation caused by the
earthquake and tsunami".

His visit comes even as the Tokyo Electric Power
Company said yesterday it had monitored record high radiation
at the nuclear power plant that was severely crippled by the
March 11 quake and tsunami.

During the visit that begins on Saturday, Moon will
tour an evacuation centre and speak with students at a high
school in Fukushima City, his spokesperson said here.

In Tokyo, he will meet with Prime Minister Naoto Kan
and Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto.

The Secretary General will also visit Korea, where he
will launch the Global Model UN Conference in Incheon, as well
as address the opening of the Academic Impact forum in capital
Seoul.
This year`s Global Model UN Conference, held from
August 10 to 14, will bring together 600 student delegates ?
drawn from 53 UN Member States ? for debates around the theme
of `Sustainable Development: Advancing Human Progress in
Harmony with Nature.

While in Seoul, Moon will meet with President Lee
Myung-bak and Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, among other
officials.

PTI