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Japan allows partial glimpse inside crippled nuclear plant

Crumpled trucks, twisted metal fences and dented water tanks still surround Fukushima reactor's wrecked buildings

Japan allows partial glimpse inside crippled nuclear plant
Men wearing protective suits and masks work at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma on November 12, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Japan allows partial glimpse inside crippled nuclear plant
Japan took a group of journalists inside the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for the first time, stepping up its efforts to prove to the world it is on top of the disaster. (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan allows partial glimpse inside crippled nuclear plant
The crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station is seen through a bus window in Okuma on November 12, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan allows partial glimpse inside crippled nuclear plant
Conditions at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, devastated by a tsunami in March, were slowly improving to the point where a 'cold shutdown' would be possible as planned, officials said on Saturday during a tour of the facility (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan allows partial glimpse inside crippled nuclear plant
Workers in protective suits and masks wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma on November 12, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan allows partial glimpse inside crippled nuclear plant
Officials shepherded a group of about 30 mainly Japanese journalists through the plant for the first time since the meltdown of the plant's reactors, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan allows partial glimpse inside crippled nuclear plant
Cooling systems at the plant, 240 km (150 miles) northeast of Tokyo, were knocked out by the powerful tsunami and evidence of the devastation was clear to see (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan allows partial glimpse inside crippled nuclear plant
The nuclear reactor buildings were still surrounded by crumpled trucks, twisted metal fences, and large, dented water tanks. Smaller office buildings around the reactors were left as they were abandoned on March 11, when the tsunami hit (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan allows partial glimpse inside crippled nuclear plant
Journalists on the tour mainly stayed on a bus as they were driven around the plant and were not allowed near the reactor buildings. Still, they all had to wear protective suits, double layers of gloves and plastic boot covers and hair nets (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan allows partial glimpse inside crippled nuclear plant
Japan's Minister of the Environment Goshi Hosono speaks to workers inside the emergency operation centre at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma on November 12, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)