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Robots to Go into Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactors

Tsunehisa Katsumata, the chairman of Tepco, Asia's largest utility, said it was sending remote-controlled robots into one of the reactors on Sunday to gauge radiation and temperature levels. UK defence contractor QinetiQ said it had provided the machines, which are controlled using a standard games console.

The robots can carry out tasks such as rubble clearance, demolition and radiation testing. Japan is a world leader in such technology, but its robots are not adapted for dirty work such as meltdowns at nuclear plants.

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