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» [Study by Asahi newspaper] 60% opposed to restart Sendai nuclear power plant

Nearly 60 percent of citizens are opposed to the planned restart of reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, according to an Asahi newspaper survey.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on July 16 concluded that reactors at the Kyushu Electric Power Co. plant meet the safety standards introduced after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.It is the first time since the Fukushima nuclear disaster began that a nuclear plant has passed the NRA’s stricter inspections.
According to survey results, 59 percent of respondents said they are opposed to the restart of the nuclear facility, while 23 percent said they agree with the resumption of operations there.

The nationwide telephone survey, conducted between July 26 and 27, received 1,590 valid responses, or 45 percent of those contacted.

Asked whether the Japanese economy will be negatively affected by keeping the nation’s suspended reactors offline, 42 percent said they think so. Those who said reactor suspension will not have a negative impact on the economy accounted for 43 percent.

25 percent of respondents said they believe it is possible to ensure the safety of nuclear reactors if appropriate techniques and management mechanisms are introduced, while 63 percent said nuclear technology poses risks that are beyond the control of humans.

61 percent said the government has not sufficiently applied lessons learned from the Fukushima crisis. Only 19 percent said the Abe administration’s nuclear policy has taken into account lessons from the disaster.
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ASAHI POLL: 59% oppose planned restart of Kyushu reactors (Asahi Newspaper)

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