February 20, 2012

Today, we held a meeting inside the Parliamentarian Office Building to discuss problems with the government’s current plan to restart ooi Nuclear Reactors Unit 3 and 4. After the meeting, we submitted the petition signed by forty-seven Parliamentarians demanding that nuclear reactors should not be restarted before July 2012 when the Independent Investigation Commission is due to publish a final report on the cause of the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

The petition was addressed to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and three other ministers who are responsible for deciding whether or not to restart nuclear reactors that have been stopped for scheduled maintenance. In this petition, we pointed out that stress tests did not incorporate data on the Fukushima Daiichi accident. This contradicted the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency’s policy to “use stress tests to prevent another Fukushima-like accident.” If the Japanese government were serious about the safety of people’s lives, we argued, the ministers should base their decision on the Independent Investigation Commission’s final report instead of inadequate stress tests.

The petition was drafted jointly by the Friends of the Earth Japan, Citizens against the Fukushima Aging Nuclear Power Plants, Green Action, Greenpeace Japan, e-shift, and Osaka Citizens against Nuclear Power Plants. We are going to continue our signature-collection campaign until early March.

“Whether or not to Restart Nuclear Reactors Must be Decided Based on a Final Report by the Parliament Independent Investigation Commission due in July 2012” (Japanese)https://www.foejapan.org/energy/action/120120.html

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