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Ibaraki fishermen oppose n-plant water release plan

Mito, Ibaraki Pref., April 20 (Jiji Press)–Fishermen in Ibaraki Prefecture oppose the planned release of treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the sea, Kazuhiko Oigawa, governor of the eastern Japan prefecture, said Tuesday.

 

Oigawa made the comments in a meeting with Tomoaki Kobayakawa, president of the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501>, while urging the firm to provide sufficient explanations about the water release plan and address possible reputational damage.

 

In response, Kobayakawa said TEPCO takes the requests seriously. Ibaraki neighbors Fukushima Prefecture, which hosts the nuclear plant.

 

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Oigawa said TEPCO should reform itself as it lost trust due to a series of security flaws at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan.

 

The TEPCO chief said he will lead efforts to make drastic reforms.

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