for Japanese


15 December, 2014

National Nuclear Union Asks Japanese Government to Restart NPPs Early

On December 4, Japan’s National Nuclear Union — an organization that engages in activities around the country to enlighten people about the necessity of nuclear power — held a meeting in Tokyo.

The members attending the meeting adopted a letter to be sent to the head of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Citing the need to revitalize Japan’s economy and clamp down on global warming, the letter calls for the following:

  • The early restart of Japan’s nuclear power plants (NPPs), currently all shut down.
  • Determination of nuclear power’s appropriate share in the country’s energy mix.
  • Reasonable electricity rates.

Mayor Kazuharu Kawase of Tsuruga City, who also chairs the All Japan Council of Local Governments with Atomic Power Stations, addressed the gathering as a guest speaker.

Looking back on his city’s long relationship with nuclear power — which began with the delivery of nuclear-generated electricity for lighting and other purposes to Expo ’70 in Osaka — he talked about the “pride of coexistence and co-prosperity with nuclear power.”

He also said, however, that more Japanese had come to view nuclear power as “very scary” since the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi NPS, adding that siting areas were sometimes viewed as “bad fellows,” a perception that is quite troubling to local people.

President and Chief Executive Officer Tsuyoshi Okamoto of the Okamoto Glass Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of specialty glass and a heavy user of electric power, was the next to speak before the audience.

He talked about his concerns, especially about the loss of cost competitiveness, if electricity rates continued to increase. He said that he was worried that Okamoto Glass might thereby lose its leading global position in terms of market share in many product areas, among them dental mirrors.

The next speaker was Dr. Ryuzo Yamamoto, professor of economics at Tokoha University. First explaining why Japan’s economy has tended to lag behind most Western countries since the 1990’s, he stressed the danger of not restarting the country’s NPPs, saying that “the manufacturing sector cannot be expected to grow without a stable power supply.”

The National Nuclear Union clearly reflected that anxiety in the letter adopted at the end of the meeting, saying that another increase in electricity rates would be crippling to heavy power-consuming industries, a major loss for the country’s economy.

The letter also calls for the restart in one year — in addition to Units 1 and 2 at the Sendai NPS, the restarts of which have been given the green light — of 18 NPPs now undergoing compatibility examinations by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).

It also urges that electricity rates be lowered in three years’ time to their pre-March 2011 levels, that is, to where they were before the giant earthquake.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

SNS facebooktwitter

NPPs Map


“The current situation at Fukushima Daiichi NPS” -From 3.11 toward the future- (ver, July 2019)

8 July, 2019
“The current situation at Fukushima Daiichi NPS” -From 3.11 toward the future- (ver, July 2019)09:17

Recent News

8 November, 2019
EU to Ease Restrictions on Japanese Food Imports, Though Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Asserts Japan Will Work Toward Their Full Elimination
28 October, 2019
OCCTO’s Electricity Supply and Outlook for Winter Sees Capacity Reserve Margin of 3 Percent Nationwide
23 October, 2019
Symposium with Students Held in Tsuruga City on Future Research and Test Reactors
17 October, 2019
JAIF Holds Women’s Symposium, with Presentations by Weathercaster and Professor
7 October, 2019
Fukushima Joban Products Fair Begins, Featuring Seafood Sent Directly to Restaurants in Tokyo-Yokohama Area
3 October, 2019
Kindai University, Hayakawa Rubber Develop Easily-molded Radiation Shielding Material
30 September, 2019
MEXT Minister Shares His Hopes with the Press, Seeking to Secure Human Resources Together with Universities
19 September, 2019
Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Attends Opening Ceremony of Japan Booth at IAEA General Conference
19 September, 2019
At 63rd IAEA General Conference, Japanese Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Stresses Need for Science-based Discussions on Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Measures
10 September, 2019
Symposium in Tokyo Looks at Taiwanese Energy Situation, and Discusses Fear and Misinformation about Foods Sourced in Fukushima