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Hakodate files suit to freeze Oma nuclear power plant construction

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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.

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Since the Oma plant was approved before the nuclear disaster and the safety updates by the NRA, the design of the plant will also have to be updated. They disapprove of this plant but approve of the atomic plant in Hokkaido?

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When it is finished, the Oma plant

Sounds like they're not going to pay attention to this legal action... (otherwise it would have read "IF the Oma plant"..).

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Well done to the people of the City of Hakodate for saying "NO!"

There's got to be a whole lot more of this in Japan - otherwise Japan will become like North Korea. It's got a long way to go to get that bad, but that's the direction it's going in.

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Using fuel spiked with Plutonium is not a good idea. I think we had much Plutonium from the MOX in Unit 2 show up outside Fukushima, but nobody seems to be testing for Alpha. Those particles come out at 5.4MeV.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

It's pretty obvious that nuclear power is in Japan to stay despite public and local council disapproval. Japanese democracy at its finest! The beurocratic cronies have spoken!

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It's pretty obvious that nuclear power is in Japan to stay despite public and local council disapproval. Japanese democracy at its finest! The beurocratic cronies have spoken!

Oma, Aomori ≠ Hakodate, Hokkaido. If a Japanese person made the comments to his/her Japanese peers, he/she would be branded as "idiots". I guess being an ex pat has its advantages for they will simply dismiss it as uninformed foreigner. Hence, the conversation reverts to "you use chopsticks very well".

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As I have mentioned before, I feel that the newest generation nuclear plants should be started/restarted after safisfying the safety regulations. SOMEONE has to pay off the massive loans that the power companies have incured (for various reasons) and I would rather it be done from profits. Not from my pocket.

That being said what mystifies me is that most of the resistance to nuclear power in Japan is (rightly enough) on the gounds of safety. Noone is mentioning that there is NO system in place to treat and store nuclear waste. In my view, that should be a major reason for rethinking Japan's reliance on nuclear power.

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Japan already has way more nuke plants than it could ever need. It seems that Japan likes to build roads to nowhere and totally unnecessary nuke plants too. But at least the roads don't blow up and give kids cancer.

I am glad Hakodate woke up. Now if only the rest of Japan would wake up!

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Oma, Aomori ≠ Hakodate, Hokkaido. If a Japanese person made the comments to his/her Japanese peers, he/she would be branded as "idiots". I guess being an ex pat has its advantages for they will simply dismiss it as uninformed foreigner. Hence, the conversation reverts to "you use chopsticks very well".

You really believe that what happens in Oma, Aomori stays in Oma, Aomori? Nuclear radiation doesn't care about prefectural borders.

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