JAPAN | Yamaguchi Governor suspends nuclear plant project

Posted on June 27, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | Monday, June 27, 2011 13:27 +0900 (JST)

The governor of Yamaguchi Prefecture in western Japan says he won’t extend a permit for a land reclamation project to build a nuclear power plant. This, in effect, means the power plant project will not go ahead.

Sekinari Nii made the remark at the prefectural assembly on Monday, referring to the planned construction of the Kaminoseki plant on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea.

Chugoku Electric Power Company was seeking to construct the plant in the town of Kaminoseki, with its launch scheduled for 2018.

However, a land reclamation project in preparation for the construction has been suspended ever since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit by an accident in March.

The current license given to the utility for the reclamation is set to expire in October next year.

Nii told the assembly that he cannot permit the extension of the license, even if the utility reapplies.

The governor says the central government has failed to properly outline Japan’s future nuclear power policy and specific measures about nuclear power plant safety.

He says the feasibility of the nuclear plant project itself has become vague.

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