Nuclear disaster minister Goshi Hosono met with Fukui Gov Issei Nishikawa on Monday to seek support for the central government's provisional decision to restart two reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant.
Hosono explained to Nishikawa that the government will strengthen oversight of safety measures by experts from the nuclear safety commission and that experts from Fukui will also be invited to monitor the plant's operations, Fuji TV reported.
Nishikawa told a news conference after the meeting that he was still unconvinced. He said that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has not satisfactorily explained to the public why it is necessary to restart the reactors. He questioned whether restarting the reactors was just a short-term measure or whether it was really necessary for the Japanese economy, Fuji reported.
Nishikawa also criticized Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto for changing his stance and approving the restart of the reactors.
Opponents of restarting the reactors have come under intense pressure from the central government and business groups, citing expected power shortages in July, August and September.
Oi plant officials say that once approval is gained, it will take about three weeks for the two reactors to become fully operational.© Japan Today