Japan PM to Visit Crippled Power Plant, Refugees

April 1, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan delivers a message to the Japanese people at his official residence in Tokyo on March 25, 2011. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan delivers a message to the Japanese people at his official residence in Tokyo on March 25, 2011. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is heading to the compromised Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Saturday to give encouragement to workers attempting to keep radiation from spreading, local media reported.

He will be visiting a camp that is just within the 12-mile radius evacuation area, Kyodo News reported.

The prime minister will also visit refugees of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and accompanying tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told Kyodo that Kan’s visit to refugees is “very meaningful” to the nation’s morale.

A source close to Kan also told Reuters that he will likely speak about the situation regarding the damaged reactor cores.

"We are focusing on stabilizing the conditions there using every bit of expertise available," Kan said on Friday, according to Reuters. "I am convinced we will be able to achieve it. I do not know for now how long this will take."