Citizens fight in court against reactor reopening

7 years ago by in Featured, Japan

The anti-nuclear demonstrations that marked the first anniversary of the March 11 disasters had an immediate follow-up on Monday, when a group of 259 citizens filed a suit in Osaka District Court against Kansai Electric, asking that two of the companies’ nuclear units would not be restarted.

The lawsuit refers to Unit 3 and 4 of Oi power plant in Fukui Prefecture, which could be the subject of a reopening approval from the Japanese government as early as this month, according to press reports.

“These reactors are said to be the first in line for the restart of nuclear power plants in Japan after the accident in Fukushima, but given that there are lots of unanswered questions over the Fukushima Daiichi plant, it is too early to restart,” said one of the group’s leaders.

Kansai Electric did not make any comments on the lawsuit as it “did not know the details of the claim”, but said it would “make efforts in explaining to the public that we’ve taken every measure to operate nuclear reactors safely.”