The plans of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) for early restart of two reactors at Kashiwazaki Kariwa remain uncertain with the election of the new Governor of Niigata prefecture, Greenpeace Japan stated. “TEPCO remains in crisis, and there are no prospects for restart in the coming few years. The new Governor needs to maintain Niigata’s existing policy which is to conclude investigations into the Fukushima nuclear disaster, as well establish a credible evacuation plan. TEPCO also needs to fully disclose how it was that the risks of liquefaction at unit Kashiwazaki Kariwa 6&7 reactors were not notified to Japan’s nuclear regulator before safety approval last year. Local citizens and experts have challenged TEPCO for more than four decades that the site is at major seismic risk. More than seven years after the Fukushima accident, TEPCO remains committed to secrecy rather than transparency,” said Shaun Burnie of Greenpeace Germany currenly based in Japan.
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US demands Japan reduce its plutonium stockpiles. Trump-Kim summit raises questions about Tokyo’s nuclear exemption. The U.S. has called on Japan to reduce its high levels of stockpiled plutonium, a move that comes as the Trump administration seeks to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, Nikkei has learned.
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