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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Central gov't under pressure to ensure safety of Oi nuclear reactors, Japan

The Fukui Prefectural Government has been urging the central government to ensure the safety of two idled nuclear reactors at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant in the prefecture before reactivating them, and local government chiefs in the neighboring prefectures of Kyoto, Shiga and Osaka are trying to get involved in decision-making on whether to restart the operations at the atomic power facilities.

Hence, the central government has come under increasing pressure from local governments not to make a hasty decision to reactivate the two nuclear reactors idled for regular inspections.

Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa has repeatedly said, "The central government must show a provisional safety standard based on the findings from the Fukushima accident. That's the major precondition." He said in February, "The central government must first show the public its responsible opinions on the meaning of nuclear power and the need for the reactivation of nuclear reactors and make efforts to secure understanding." Read More