"Evacuation Plans Stir Fresh Doubts Over Japan Nuclear Restarts"

"The problem has come into focus as procedures for the first proposed restart enter the home stretch in Ichikikushikino, a town five km (three miles) from Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai plant.

The government, facing the first summer in 40 years without nuclear power, is fielding complaints from residents who say key points have been missed in planning for any mass evacuation.

Local authorities approve restarts, but Ichikikushikino, as only a neighboring town, does not get any final say in the matter. That didn't stop more than half its 30,000 residents from signing a petition opposing it."

Kentaro Hamada reports for Reuters July 1, 2014.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014