18 Septembre 2012
September 18, 2012
Nuclear plants under construction to continue
The government will allow construction of nuclear plants that have already been started to continue, despite its recent ban on new plant projects.
The government's new energy policy limits nuclear reactor operation to 40 years, and bans construction of new plants or additional reactors.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said on Tuesday that the ban does not apply to nuclear plants currently under construction. But he said the final decision is up to the nuclear regulatory panel.
Fujimura was referring to plants whose construction has already started in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, and Shimane Prefecture, western Japan.