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Former prime ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa have criticized Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) for deeming that the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kagoshima Prefecture meets the new safety standards.

Koizumi described as “absurd” the NRA’s approval of a draft report stating that the No. 1 and 2 reactors at the power station, run by Kyushu Electric Power Co., meet the new safety standards set following the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. The move effectively paved the way for the utility to restart the reactors.

Hosokawa also urged the NRA to reconsider its decision. “I’d like those concerned to make an appropriate decision before something irreparable occurs.”

The two former prime ministers made their remarks in talks with reporters after attending a July 18 Tokyo session of the Japan Assembly for Nuclear Free Renewable Energy that they head.
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Ex-PMs Koizumi, Hosokawa criticize NRA for deeming nuke plant meets safety standards (Mainichi Newspaper)


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