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Japan may review its greenhouse gas emission reduction target in the wake of a nuclear crisis set off by last month's massive earthquake and tsunami, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano was quoted by Japanese media as saying.

Japan may review its greenhouse gas emission reduction target in the wake of a nuclear crisis set off by last month's massive earthquake and tsunami, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano was quoted by Japanese media as saying.

He stressed, however, that the government has no definitive plans yet to review its climate change goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 from 1990 levels, and it will depend on Japan's ability to tackle its worst ever nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, Japan Today reported.

''It goes without saying that this disaster will pose a great impact on various sectors in Japan,'' Edano said at a news conference. ''All kinds of possibilities will not be ruled out, looking from a broad context at the need to thoroughly review at one point various issues as a result of the disaster,'' Japan Today cited Edano as saying

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the Fukushima Daiichi plant operator, used colored powder Monday to trace the source of highly radioactive water leaking into the sea near the nuclear power plant and is considering the use of silt-barriers in the sea to prevent the further spread of radiation, Kyodo news reported.

TEPCO poured 13 kilograms of the powder into an underground trench to find the point from where radioactive water is leaking into the Pacific Ocean.

The barriers are comprised of curtains attached with weights, which TEPCO hopes will contain the contaminated water.

MOSCOW, April 4 (RIA Novosti)

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