Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Monday he is against Kansai Electric Power Co restarting any of its 11 nuclear reactors at present.
Hashimoto made his remarks after he attended a meeting on Sunday of the prefectural and municipal governments' energy strategy panel. The Osaka government, which owns 8.9% of Kansai Electric Co, is planning to exercise its shareholder rights at the utility’s general meeting in June to propose a total abolition of nuclear power in the area, TV Asahi reported.
Hashimoto said that even though the Nuclear Safety Commission last week positively evaluated the results of stress tests on the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric’s Oi nuclear power plant in central Fukui Prefecture, he was not convinced that stress results alone were sufficient to indicate the reactors' safety.
"The first evaluation of the stress test is absolutely not sufficient grounds for restarting the Oi reactors," he said. "I'm totally against it at present. We are not even sure yet if there will be a power shortage this summer or by how much."
Hashimoto added that if there are power shortages, "then we just have to prepare ourselves for rolling blackouts and alter our lifestyles to accommodate that. It’s going to be the first step toward a change in the electric power system.”
The energy strategy panel also reiterated its intention to urge Kansai Electric to scrap all of its reactors and replace them with short-term, high-output thermal energy plants with a long-term plan to set up renewable energy infrastructure.© Japan Today