Japan is going through amazing changes right now. The controversial proposal to build a new nuclear plant on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea, Yamaguchi prefecture, has just been stopped by the governor of the prefecture, Sekinari Nii. NHK notes that Chugoku Electric Power Company was seeking to construct two reactors in the town of Kaminoseki, with a launch scheduled for 2018.
The governor says the central government has failed to properly outline Japan's future nuclear power policy and specific measures about nuclear power plant safety. He says the feasibility of the nuclear plant project itself has become vague.
NHK World: Yamaguchi Governor suspends nuclear plant project
Mainichi has more:
In a meeting with reporters following the session, Nii reiterated that the prefectural government will not extend permission under the current circumstances. "Chugoku Electric should continue its suspension of the reclamation work. As long as the current situation continues, we can't approve the extension even if we receive an application from the utility."
I mentioned the local struggle against the Kaminoseki nuclear plant back in April: Documentary Film Producer Hitomi Kamanaka: "Complex Feelings Of Sadness And Anger" based on a longer post over at Ten Thousand Things.
Activists have been holding around-the-clock protests on the beaches for 10 years, the town's Mayor is in favour of the project, and the power company claims it "does not understand" the strong opposition.
Top photo of the proposed site for the reactors from the Stop! Kaminoseki Genpatsu website. Click to enlarge!
Photos (right) from the Shimabito blog, with 4 images from different events this year as the local struggle intensified to stop the destruction of this region.