Tokyo, Sept. 7 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government on Tuesday approved an evacuation plan to prepare for a major accident at a nuclear power plant in Matsue in the western prefecture of Shimane.
The plant, operated by Chugoku Electric Power Co. <9504>, is the only nuclear power station in Japan to be located in a prefectural capital.
Chugoku Electric is aiming to restart the plant’s No. 2 reactor after it passed the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s safety screening in June this year.
The evacuation plan covers some 460,000 residents who live within 30 kilometers of the plant, including those in neighboring Tottori Prefecture.
Facilities in Shimane and Tottori, as well as nearby Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures, will accept evacuees under the plan.
The Shimane nuclear plant’s No. 1 reactor has been in the process of decommissioning.