The mayor talks about the suit to halt the construction of a nuclear power plant
Mayor of Hakodate City
Language: The speech and Q&A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.
The Fukushima nuclear disaster three years ago has turned a pliant population against nuclear power, sparking the biggest protests in memory in the intervening years. The turn against nuclear power has also prompted lawsuits across the country seeking to prevent restarts or push for shutdowns.
In the first nuclear-related lawsuit against the central government by a local government, the town of Hakodate in Hokkaido has filed a suit on April 3 in the Tokyo district court to stop construction of the Oma nuclear plant on the northern tip of Honshu.
The plant is being built by Electric Power Development Co.,Ltd., also known as J-Power, and will house Japan's biggest reactor when finished. Construction was halted after the Fukushima calamity in March 2011 but was resumed in October 2012.
Hakodate lies within 23 kilometers of the plant at the municipality's closest point, a distance well within the 30 kilometers exclusion zone now in place around the Fukushima Daiichi plant following contamination from the radioactive plume that spewed out after the meltdowns there.
Toshiki Kudo, a law graduate from Waseda University, was elected Mayor of Hakodate just one month after the Fukushima meltdowns. He argues that in the event of a similar disaster at Oma, Hakodate's main industries of fisheries and tourism would be devastated.
Come and hear to him talk about his views on nuclear safety, the fears of his community and the lawsuit against the central government.
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