Fukushima residents say resounding ‘no’ to nuclear energy
Posted: August 2, 2012 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Fukushima, Japan, Nuclear, Policy
Japan met about a third of its energy needs with nuclear power before the disaster
In Japan on Wednesday many angry Fukushima residents told government officials they want the nuclear industry shut down. The airing took place at a public hearing on energy policy held in an area ravaged by a nuclear disaster that has whipped up opposition to atomic power, according to a Reuters story.
“The Fukushima hearing, the ninth out of 11 planned nationwide, sought to gather views on nuclear power’s role in the nation’s energy mix as the government struggles to cover a power shortfall by that could threaten economic growth.
“Meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima nuclear plant after an earthquake and tsunami on March 11 last year caused radiation to spew over large areas of Fukushima, forcing more than 160,0000 people to flee. In the following months, all of Japan’s nuclear plants were shut for safety checks. Two reactors resumed operations last month. [...]
“Goshi Hosono, minister in charge of the response to the nuclear crisis, was heckled as he apologized for the suffering of people in Fukushima,” the Reuters story by Kiyoshi Takenaka said.
“Fukushima prosecutors on Wednesday launched an investigation after more than 1,000 residents filed criminal complaints against 15 former and present Tokyo Electric Power officials, including former company president Masataka Shimizu, and 18 government officials, including Nuclear Safety Commission head Haruki Madarame, a lawyer for the group, Hiroyuki Kawai, told Reuters.
“Kawai said Tokyo prosecutors had launched a separate investigation.
“A panel of experts appointed by parliament concluded last month that the disaster could have been prevented and that failure to take precautions was the result of “collusion” among the utility, regulators and the government.”