Feb 23, 2000: Japanese Nuclear Power Plant plan defeated

“Japan’s nuclear power industry suffered a historic defeat yesterday when one of the country’s biggest utilities was forced to scrap plans for a power plant that it has been trying to build for 37 years.

The stunning setback — less than six months after the country’s worst nuclear accident — underlines the growing hostility to atomic energy in Japan and raises questions about the government’s ambitious atomic energy programme.

The plan to construct two 1,300 megawatt reactors in Ashihama, a scenic coastal area in Mie prefecture, central Japan, has been the subject of a prolonged and bitter confrontation since 1963, when it was first proposed by Chubu Electric Power Company.”

Jonathan Watts, The Guardian


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