Title: Noda to put full weight behind campaign for Oi nuclear restart
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: March 24, 2012
PHOTO CAPTION: Officials scuffle with audience members who attended a March 23 meeting of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said he would mobilize the “entire government” to persuade local leaders to accept the restart of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant [...]
Yukio Edano, the economy, trade and industry minister, is expected to visit the municipalities that host the Oi plant in early April to make the case for the safety of the reactors and win acceptance of a resumption of operations.
[...] central government officials fear that any delay in the restart of the Oi plant could lead to further delays at other plants [...]
If those plants do not resume operations, there is a strong likelihood that Japan could have no nuclear reactors in operation in the near future. [...]
But getting the crucial local backing may be extremely difficult. [...]
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
“When we approach local governments, the entire government will have to become involved and I intend to stand in the forefront of such efforts”
Shiga Governor Yukiko Kada on March 23
“What lessons about safety have been learned from the Fukushima nuclear accident? I believe it is still too early (to confirm the safety of the Oi plant)”
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, whose municipal government is a major shareholder in Kansai Electric, operator of the Oi nuclear plant
- [Hashimoto is] preparing to submit a proposal to the company asking it to consider moving into new business areas as a step toward reducing dependence on nuclear energy
- On March 23, Hashimoto made clear his opposition to any move to resume operations at the Oi plant.
- “If the Democratic Party of Japan government moves toward a resumption of operations, Osaka city will present its option of opposing it”
Read the report here
Published: March 24th, 2012 at 6:44 pm ET