Japan does not want to make the same mistake made in Fukushima. Yesterday the Fukui Court accepted the requests of the inhabitants of Fukui, west of Tokyo, and chose not to open the nuclear station in Takahama. Authorities in charge of nuclear had already approved the station, but local people requested the intervention of the Japanese Court. They presented an injunction stating that reactors number 3 and 4 run by Kansai Electric Power, would never resist an earthquake, and that proper security measures for evacuation were not established. The Court agreed with them and said society was too optimistic if I thought there would not be an earthquake, and it also criticized new security measures of Nuclear Authorities (NRA) after Fukushima, they said they ‘lacked of sensibility’. Kansai Electric announced it wants to file an appeal.
The verdict is hard on Shinzo Abe who wants to start nuclear energy again; it has come to a halt since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Before the accident, 30% of electric production was nuclear. Now, all the 48 reactors are inactive for security. Japan is forced to buy expensive fossil fuels to balance this lack of power. Four reactor were identified as safe. Besides the one in Takahama, there was the one in Sendai and Kagoshima. Reactors should be active before the end of the year, but the verdict of judges is still awaited.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa