08 May '11, 3am

Japan urges shutdown of quake-threatened nuclear plant

Japan urges shutdown of quake-threatened nuclear plant

TOKYO: A nuclear plant located near a tectonic faultline should be shut down, Japan's trade and industry minister said Sunday, but he denied the government would reverse its policy on atomic power. In a television interview, Banri Kaieda asked Chubu Electric Power to accept Prime Minister Naoto Kan's call for the suspension of operations at the Hamaoka plant southwest of Tokyo. "This is our determination," Kaieda, whose ministry supervises power suppliers, said in the interview, while insisting that the government did not have the legal power to order an immediate closure. "People's opinions are also important. We would like Chubu Electric Power to make a decision by taking various aspects into consideration." Attention has been focused on nuclear reactors across the country since the Fukushima Daiichi plant was crippled by a devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, sp...

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