Kansai Electric Power Company Takahama Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 (right) and Unit 2 = October 2020, Takahama Town, Fukui Prefecture

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Kansai Electric Power Company Takahama Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 (right) and Unit 2 = October 2020, Takahama Town, Fukui Prefecture

Regarding the restart of Kansai Electric Power Company’s Takahama Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 and 2 (Takahama Town, Fukui Prefecture), which has been in operation for more than 40 years, Mayor Nose Yutaka of the same town will announce his consent next week to the people concerned. I found out in the interview. This is the first time in Japan that the local mayor has agreed to restart the operation for more than 40 years.

After the consent of the mayor, it is customary for the prefectural assembly and the governor to make a decision. Until now, Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto had requested Kanden to present the destination of spent nuclear fuel outside the prefecture as a prerequisite for consent. However, Kanden has not been shown at this point, and it is unclear whether consent will be obtained.

In Takahama Town, the town council agreed in November last year. Mr. Nose said that “the consent of the parliament is a big decision” and requested the government to improve the regional promotion measures.