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Japan's Kan To Forego PM's Pay Over Nuclear Disaster

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan said today that he will forego his premier's pay until the situation at an earthquake and tsunami-hit nuclear power plant is brought under control.

The cabinet's office said Kan would forego his 1.6 million yen (about $20,000) monthly premier's salary, but would keep his lawmaker's wage of nearly 800,000 yem ($10,000).

The March 11 massive earthquake and tsunami triggered radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, in the world's worst atomic accident since Chornobyl 25 years ago.

The plant's operator, the Tokyo Electric Power company, announced pay cuts for senior managers on May 10, and called on the government for financial support to help pay for compensation to those affected.

compiled from agency reports