JAPAN | Citizens dissatisfied with nuke safety meeting

Posted on June 27, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | Monday, June 27, 2011 05:46 +0900 (JST)

The Japanese government held a meeting in Saga Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday to explain to local residents about safety measures being taken to resume operations of a nuclear power plant in the area. But most of the people were strongly dissatisfied with the government report.

The meeting was the first of its kind since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March.

Seven residents chosen by the government, including a housewife and a senior official of the local chamber of commerce, attended the meeting at a cable TV station.

The 90-minute meeting was broadcast live on cable TV and the Internet.

6 members appeared at a news conference held after the meeting and voiced strong discontent about the result.

A 49-year-old farmer told reporters that the government did not give any convincing answers.

A university student said she could not feel comfortable about the nuclear plant because the government officers kept on using difficult words to insist on its safety.

A resident who was not chosen to attend says this kind of meeting should be more open to the public because it is an important issue which concerns a much greater number of people.

More people have voiced apprehension about the government’s explanations on the safety conditions of nuclear power plants.

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