Japan says plutonium found at Fukushima

TOKYO Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:16pm BST

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Plutonium has been found in soil at various points within Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex but does not present a risk to human health, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said on Monday.

TEPCO vice-president Sakae Muto told journalists at the company's latest briefing that test results showing the plutonium came from samples taken a week ago.

It was the latest bad news from the plant, where evidence of radiation has been mounting and engineers face a protracted battle to control reactors damaged by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

(Reporting by Yoko Nishikawa; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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