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Scrap Monju

December 8, 2015


Residents to file suit to scrap Monju



Dec. 8, 2015 - Updated 12:32 UTC+1


A group of residents in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, say they will file a lawsuit asking Japan's nuclear watchdog to scrap the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in the prefecture.

The residents and their lawyers announced the plan at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. They said they will bring the case to the Tokyo District Court on December 25th.

They called the reactor's operator, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, obviously unqualified.

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority asked the science minister last month to replace the operator within about 6 months.

The regulator said the agency is unfit for the job, as it has failed to properly cope with safety problems at Monju.

One of the residents said continued operation of the reactor by the agency would seriously endanger people's lives.

The authority declined to comment on the planned lawsuit.

In a similar suit filed in 1985, a high court ruled in favor of residents. But the Supreme Court rejected their claim.

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