Tokyo, Japan, November 1, 2011 – “In the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake and triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, it is unthinkable for any nuclear plant to be restarted before proper safety checks or consultation with the public is conducted,” said Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Japan Executive Director. “Kyushu Electric must keep this reactor shut, and bring forward the regular maintenance planned next month.”
“Kyushu Electric has been faking emails (1), stacking public meetings with its employees, and has otherwise been dogged by scandal after scandal, yet the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Yukio Edano, is still allowing it to do as it pleases,” said Sato.
“The government is clearly in the pocket of the energy companies, so it is now up to the Kyushu governor to do the right thing, force Kyushu Electric to put people before profits, and demand that Genkai no.4 be put through the stress test immediately,” concluded Sato.
Greg McNevin, Greenpeace International Communications, , +81 80 5416 6507
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1) Yomiuri: Kyushu Electric must resubmit report on soliciting e-mails: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/editorial/T111018003960.htm