The city of Hakodate in Hokkaido on Thursday filed a suit with the Tokyo District Court appealing for a freeze on the construction of the Oma nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture by Electric Power Development Co (J-Power).
Construction resumed last year on the plant which is 23 kilometers south of Hakodate across the Tsugaru Strait. TBS reported Thursday that the suit is the first time that a local government has taken legal action against the central government to block construction of a nuclear power plant.
When it is finished, the Oma plant will be the world's first to use a fuel comprised entirely of a mixture called MOX, or mixed oxide fuel, a mixture of uranium and plutonium.
Hakodate Mayor Toshiki Kudo told reporters that the city filed the suit because J-Power has moved forward with construction despite the fact that it did not receive approval from Hakodate, TBS reported.© Japan Today