JAPAN | Kaieda urges restart of nuclear plant

Posted on June 29, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | Wednesday, June 29, 2011 16:57 +0900 (JST)

Japan’s economy and industry minister has asked officials in the western prefecture of Saga to allow a nuclear power plant to resume operations after it underwent a regularly scheduled checkup.

Banri Kaieda met Saga Governor Yasushi Furukawa on Wednesday after visiting the mayor of Genkai town, where the nuclear power plant is located, earlier in the day.

Kaieda assured the governor that measures have been put in place to ensure the plant’s safety in the case of a serious accident.

He said the government guarantees the safety of the plant’s reactors, and asked for the prefecture’s approval to resume operations.

Furukawa said that he will make a decision based on the government’s safety assurances, discussions with the prefectural assembly, and the view of people in Genkai.

The government would like to see the reactor resume operations because it is concerned about nationwide power shortages.

The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has caused many municipalities to voice concern about resuming operations of local nuclear reactors after their regular safety checkups.

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