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.”

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CONTACTS:

Greg McNevin, Greenpeace International Communications, in Tokyo, +81 80 3930 3341
Greenpeace International Press Desk Hotline, Amsterdam +31 20 7182470

“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.”

 

ENDS

 

CONTACTS:

 

Greg McNevin, Greenpeace International Communications, in Tokyo, +81 80 3930 3341

Greenpeace International Press Desk Hotline, Amsterdam +31 20 7182470

 

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