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Talks on N-waste site end without agreement in Hokkaido

  • September 3, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 10:12 p.m.
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Suttsu, Hokkaido, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)–Hokkaido and a local town Thursday failed to agree on the town’s plan to apply for a survey to choose a host municipality for a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste.

Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki visited Suttsu in the northernmost Japan prefecture to meet with Mayor Haruo Kataoka. Their talks lasted for around 50 minutes.

It was the first meeting between the two since the town last month announced its intent to consider applying for a literature survey, the first stage of a research process to decide the location of the final disposal site for high-level waste from nuclear power plants.

Kataoka asked for the prefectural government’s understanding on the application, while Suzuki urged the town to make a careful decision.

“We think we should study first before discussing whether or not to host it,” Kataoka said.

Suzuki replied that the prefecture would express a dissenting view if the town applies for the survey and proceeds to a summary investigation, the second stage.

Suzuki will meet with industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama in Tokyo on Friday.

There are three examination stages in the process to pick a location for a final disposal site.

Under law, opinions of relevant prefectural governors and municipal heads are respected when the selection process moves to the second and third stages. But governors’ views are not required in the literature survey stage.

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