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Japan nuclear blueprint being detailed.

Summary: The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant has said it is still working on a detailed plan to end the country's crisis.

The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant has said it is still working on a detailed plan to end the country's crisis.

The beleaguered president of operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said the situation at the nuclear plant, wrecked by a 15-metre tsunami on March 11, had stabilised.

But TEPCO president Masataka Shimizu said the firm was still preparing a blueprint to end the crisis, now rated on a par with the world's worst nuclear accident, the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

"As instructed by Prime Minister Kan we are working out the specific details of how to handle the situation so they can be disclosed as soon as possible," Shimizu said.

It comes as engineers say they have moved a step closer to emptying highly radioactive water from one of the six crippled reactors.

That would allow them to start repairing the cooling system crucial to regaining control of the reactors.

Japan's nuclear safety agency said the latest tests showed radiation nearly doubled last week, to 23 times above legal limits, in the sea off Minamisoma city near the plant.

A series of strong aftershocks this week have rattled eastern Japan, slowing the recovery effort at the Fukushima Daiichi plant due to temporary evacuations of workers and power outages.

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