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Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from inside Reactor Building 4 at Fukushima. (BBC)
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from inside Reactor Building 4 at Fukushima. (BBC)

In Japan, engineers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are preparing to start a difficult and dangerous operation to remove nuclear fuel from one of the badly damaged reactor buildings.

The plant was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Hundreds of tons of highly radioactive uranium fuel were being stored inside a cooling pool in Reactor Building 4. Two and a half years later, it is still there.

For the first time since the disaster, a small group of foreign journalists were allowed inside Reactor Building 4 yesterday to see the preparations for the fuel removal, first hand. The BBC's Rupert Wingfield Hayes was one of them.

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This segment aired on November 8, 2013.

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