Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government will not get involved any more in decisions on whether to restart suspended nuclear reactors in the country, industry minister Yukio Edano said Friday.
Nuclear reactors “will be used as an important source of power with local consent if they pass safety examinations by the Nuclear Regulation Authority,” Edano said at a press conference, referring to the country’s new nuclear regulatory body created last week.
It will be electricity companies which need to explain to local people why restarts of suspended reactors are needed, Edano said.
The government made explanations to local people and final decisions when the country brought nuclear reactors back online in July for the first time since last year’s Fukushima nuclear accident.
Edano said that no government explanations to local people before the restart of suspended nuclear reactors are needed any more because the government’s new nuclear energy policy is in place.