Economy, Industry and Trade Minister Yukio Edano is planning to visit Fukui Prefecture on Friday to explain the government's stance on restarting two reactors at the Oi nuclear plant. However, his visit may be delayed, depending on when and if North Korea launches its rocket.
Although Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Tuesday that local consent is not a legal requirement for restarting the reactors, the prime minister also assured local governments and the public that the government will take their opinions into account before making a final decision.
Edano has scheduled meetimgs with Fukui Gov Issei Nishikawa and Oi Mayor Shinobu Tokioka.
On Thursday, Noda, Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura and Environment Minister Goshi Hosono met for a 5th time to discuss the Oi reactors, Fuji TV reported. Fujimura told a news conference that although the Oi plant's safety standards basically conform to the government's new requirements, the four ministers decided to put off a final decision on when to restart the reactors.
Meanwhile, Kyoto Gov Keiji Yamada and Shiga Gov Yukiko Kada on Thursday visited the Oi plant to see for themselves the level of safety precautions at the nuclear plant. Parts of both prefectures lie within 30 kilometers of the Oi plant.© Japan Today