More local assemblies are taking measures to send a strong message to the central government not to bother asking them to host storage facilities for nuclear waste. The moves, in the form of ordinances, were accelerated after the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in July 2017 released its Nationwide Map of Scientific Features for Geological Disposal that classified areas around Japan into four colors denoting their suitability as storage sites for nuclear waste. Electric power companies are looking for land plots to construct an interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel. The central government is planning a final storage facility where high-level radioactive waste would be mixed with glass and vitrified before being buried more than 300 meters underground. Twenty-two municipal assemblies now have ordinances that limit the entry of highly radioactive waste into their communities.
Asahi Shimbun 28th Aug 2018 read more »