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In the first hearing of a lawsuit filed by the Hokkaido city of Hakodate against the government to halt the construction of a nuclear plant in nearby Aomori Prefecture, Hakodate Mayor argued that continuing with the project would be “extremely high-handed.”

The mayor told the Tokyo District Court on July 3 that the construction project should be suspended indefinitely. The government and plant operator Electric Power Development Co. (J-Power) are seeking that the suit be dismissed.

As a result of the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, the area in which nuclear disaster prevention plans must be laid out was expanded to within a 30-kilometer radius of a nuclear power plant. Because parts of Hakodate — which lies across the Tsugaru Strait from the Aomori Prefecture town of Oma, where the plant is under construction — are only 23 kilometers from the plant, it, too, must have a nuclear disaster plan.

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Hakodate mayor argues construction of Aomori nuke plant is ‘high-handed’ in lawsuit (Mainichi Newspaper)



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