TOKYO - Industry minister Yukio Edano on Thursday took a cautious stance on additional financial support by the Japanese government for Tokyo Electric Power Co. to help the utility compensate people affected by the nuclear crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi plant and clean up the mess left by the disaster.

"First of all, it is important that the company steadily carries out reforms under the framework based on the existing law and firmly fulfill its responsibilities," Edano told reporters in Tokyo, a day after TEPCO called on the government to consider creating a new support program for it.