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Radioactive water leaked inside the Genkai nuclear power plant but the contaminated water did not escape into the environment (AP)
Radioactive water leaked inside the Genkai nuclear power plant but the contaminated water did not escape into the environment (AP)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said radiation leaks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have declined (AP)

A report says radioactive water has leaked inside a nuclear power plant in south-western Japan, but did not escape into the environment.

Kyodo News agency reported that 1.8 tons of radioactive water leaked in a pump at Kyushu Electric Power's Genkai plant.

Kyushu Electric issued a statement Friday about a pump problem but did not mention a leak.

Also on Friday, Japan's prime minister said work to stabilise a tsunami-hit nuclear power plant in the north-east of the country is on track.

Yoshihiko Noda said temperatures in three melted reactor cores at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have fallen below the boiling point and radiation leaks have declined.

A March earthquake and tsunami destroyed the plant's power and cooling systems.

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