Tokyo Electric Power deadline

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday urged Japan to remain active on the world stage and pledged support for Washington's key ally in East Asia as the operator of a stricken nuclear plant finally set out a timeline to shut it down.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said it hoped to achieve a cold shutdown of the plant that was crippled in the March 11 quake and tsunami – effectively making the reactors safe and stable – within six to nine months. The death toll from the quake and tsunami is now over 13,000.