The government on Thursday said it had chosen an area of national forest land near Takahagi City in northern Ibaraki Prefecture as a storage site for radioactive waste from Fukushima Prefecture.
A vice minister from the Environment Ministry visited Takahagi Mayor Yoshio Kusama to inform him of the decision, Fuji TV reported.
Kusama told reporters afterward he was shocked by the notification. He said the city had received no prior notice and there had been no consultation. He added that the city cannot accept such a high-handed decision.
The waste will be ash from burned debris and mud removed from ditches, an Environment Ministry official said. He said about 1,700 tons of waste containing radioactive cesium of over 8,000 becquerels per kilogram will be stored in the area.
The government made a similar decision earlier this month for the Tochigi town of Yaita. That decision also was opposed by the town.© Japan Today