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2013年 01月 24日

Niigata Assembly Rejects Referendum Bill on N-Plant

Niigata Assembly Rejects Referendum Bill on N-Plant(Jiji press Jan.23, 2013)

The prefectural assembly of Niigata, central Japan, rejected Wednesday a bill for a referendum on whether Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant should be allowed to resume its operations.

At an extraordinary assembly plenary meeting, the bill was rejected by a majority vote led by the Liberal Democratic Party.

The LDP, which holds more than half of seats at the assembly, insisted that the central government should be responsible for deciding whether to allow the restart of the nuclear plant.

After the meeting, Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida said it was very regrettable that a bill for a referendum to hear the opinion of the public had been rejected for the reason that nuclear policy should be decided by the central government.

But the governor suggested he would not submit a similar referendum bill again, although he said he is not sure.


(posted by Ben 10people10color)

by nonukes_niigata | 2013-01-24 00:26 | English


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