Japan’s industry ministry has ordered utility firms to conduct internal investigations of their activities to win local approval for nuclear power generation.
The move follows revelations that Kyushu Electric, a utility in western Japan, instructed employees and business partners to send e-mails to support the restart of idled nuclear reactors.
The e-mail comments were aimed at a government-sponsored explanatory meeting for local residents held last month.
The company disclosed that 141 positive comments had been submitted.
On Thursday, the ministry ordered 6 other utility firms to check if employees were given any information about the government’s community briefings on nuclear plants during the last 5 years.
The ministry also wants to know if staff were asked to submit comments by pretending to be members of the public.
The 6 utilities are required to report back by the 29th of this month.
The ministry plans to admonish the utilities if any wrongdoing is detected.