Greenpeace Statement on the Japanese Government’s Decision to Close the Hamaoka Nuclear Reactor

Press release - May 6, 2011
Tokyo, Japan, 6 May, 2011 - “Greenpeace welcomes Prime Minister Kan’s request to close Hamaoka, one of the most dangerous nuclear reactors in Japan,” said Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Japan Executive Director. “This is the first time a Prime Minister has directly requested a nuclear plant in Japan be closed, however, it cannot be the last.”

“Fukushima has provided a stark reminder of the consequences of nuclear power, and there are many other dangerous reactors still online. The government must continue to close and decommission existing plants, cancel all new reactor builds and put Japan on a course for a future powered by renewable sources of energy. Only then can the Japanese people feel their government is truly putting their safety first.”

The Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant is located in Omaezaki city, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Japan's east coast, 200 km south-west of Tokyo. It is managed by the Chubu Electric Power Company. There are five units contained at a single site with a net area of 1.6 km2 (395 acres). A sixth unit began construction on December 22, 2008.