Japanese PM to Give Up Salary

Japan Earthquake

Japan's prime minister vowed to give up his salary until the nuclear crisis in his country is over, CNN reported. Naoto Kan gets paid 1,636,000 yen, or $20,200, a month to be prime minister, but he will continue to receive his lawmaker's salary. It has been two months since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, triggered a destructive tsunami and a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, killing thousands and forcing whole towns to evacuate. Tens of thousands of residents still continue to live in shelters and on Monday about 100 people were allowed to return to their homes close to the nuclear plant to gather belongings. Kan also said he would scrap plans to build new nuclear reactors and find an alternative source of energy for the country, The New York Times reported.

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