18 Juin 2012
The Yomiuri Shimbun
FUKUI--Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa appears to be satisfied with the safety measures taken at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Oi nuclear power plant, which the government hopes to restart as summer power shortages loom.
On Tuesday, Nishikawa inspected the idled Nos. 3 and 4 reactors during a three-hour visit to the plant in Oi, Fukui Prefecture. He was accompanied by Hideyuki Nakagawa, the head of the prefectural nuclear safety commission, and Hideki Toyomatsu, vice president of KEPCO.
"Safety measures have been carried out" to a certain degree, the governor said.
The nuclear safety commission has already concluded the reactors' safety measures are adequate. During his visit to the plant, Nishikawa inspected the emergency electricity generators that have been installed on higher ground as a tsunami countermeasure, a facility that will be used as a command headquarters in the event of a nuclear accident until a seismically isolated headquarters building is completed, and seawalls, which are under construction.