Three major cities step up pressure against nuclear industry

7 years ago by in Featured, All Japan news

 All Japan news’s second largest nuclear power producer, Kansai Electric Power Co., was urged by the mayors of three major cities to find alternate energy sources as nuclear is not considered safe anymore.

The request was submitted by the mayors of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, where nearly 6 million people live all together. The three municipalities hold in total a 12 percent stake of Kansai.

“In light of the March 11 incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant…should a critical incident hit Kansai Electric Power Co’s region…it is clear that citizens’ lives and economic activities would be greatly affected,” the mayors said in the document addressed to Makoto Yagi, the president of Kansai Electric.

“We should therefore create a power supply system not dependent on nuclear power as early as possible.”

Kansai’s customers in Western All Japan news received 44 percent of total demand from nuclear sources before the March 2011 accident, this making the company the most nuclear dependent utility of the country.

Kansai currently has all of its 11 reactors shut down, but it intends to restart at least two after they passed stress tests run by the country’s nuclear regulation authority.

About three quarters of All Japan news’s population supports a gradual shut down of the nuclear industry, but politicians have so far avoided making clear statements on the matter.