SUTTSU, Hokkaido–In an abrupt turn of events, this coastal fishing town decided to hold an early referendum on whether to host a final storage facility for highly radioactive waste from nuclear plants across Japan. The town assembly on March 8 adopted an ordinance to hold a vote before Suttsu enters the second stage of the central government’s 20-year selection process for the storage site. The referendum will likely be held at the end of next year at the earliest in the town of around 3,000 people in western Hokkaido. The three-stage selection process is set under the law governing the final disposal of radioactive waste.
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