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323 000 in favor of a referendum

May 11, 2012


Citizens' group seeks referendum on restart of nuclear reactors



TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A citizens' group said Thursday it has collected around 323,000 signatures in favor of a referendum to determine whether nuclear reactors in Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s service area should be restarted.

The group, Let's Decide Together/Citizen-Initiated National Referendum on Nuclear Power, submitted the signatures to the Tokyo metropolitan government, and the metropolitan assembly is expected to hold a vote on adopting an ordinance for the proposed referendum in June.

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara has indicated his opposition to the adoption of such an ordinance.

The proposal from the group calls for Tokyo residents aged 16 or older, including permanent foreign residents, to vote in the referendum to decide whether nuclear reactors in Tokyo Electric's service area should be reactivated.

The Tokyo governor and the metropolitan assembly would be required to urge the central government and Tokyo Electric to respect the referendum result, according to the proposal.

Tokyo Electric is the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi complex.

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