Briefing sessions on nuclear waste disposal sites have been resumed on a trial basis after a lapse because they were held in an inappropriate manner. The Japanese government has been working to find underground disposal sites to deal with radioactive waste from nuclear plants. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization, or NUMO, stopped holding briefing sessions in December. This came after a firm commissioned to organize those events was found to have mobilized college students with the promise of a reward. NUMO says that in principle it will not entrust other parties to organize the sessions. And it held a session in Tokyo on Wednesday on a trial basis. Thirty-seven people took part. At the beginning, NUMO officials apologized for the mishandling. An official from the government then showed a nation-wide map putting forward areas that could be surveyed to find disposal sites. But some participants said they cannot understand why NUMO and the government resumed sessions without reviewing what the organization should be, and said explanation on the misconduct is insufficient. An 81-year-old man said he thinks discussions only about nuclear waste disposal will not be so meaningful. He suggested many people want to discuss the future of nuclear power.
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