Japanese PM stresses need to restart Oi nuke reactor
Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has said that it is important restart idled reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture to meet the country’s energy demands and to ensure sustainable economic growth.
“If we end (nuclear power generation) or if we continue to avoid reactivating reactors, everything will grind to a standstill,” Noda said.
He also assured that reactors 3 and 4 at the Oi facility have been secured and pose no safety risk even if the plant is rocked by a major earthquake or inundated by a tsunami.
“We have established systems that ensure (severe) accidents won't occur,” the Japan Times quoted Noda, as saying.
“We have appropriate countermeasures in place. Even if the reactors lose their entire electricity supply, their cores won’t suffer meltdowns,” he added.
The last of Japan’s 50 commercial reactors was shut down last month as a fallout of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
According to the report, Noda's comments, however, suggested that the country’s ‘nuclear-free’ days are drawing to an end.