May 11, 2011
Japan PM says - No more nukes
Chubu Electric president Akihisa Mizuno says the company will immediately look to shut down all reactors at a nuclear power plant located 120 miles southwest of Tokyo.
Last Friday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan had asked for the plant to be shut… saying its safety systems aren’t sufficient to withstand a tsunami or earthquake.
The plant sits near an active earthquake zone that the government has forecast carries an 87 percent chance of producing a magnitude 8 or stronger earthquake in the next 30 years.
Chubu Electric's Hamaoka plant provides power to half of the 18 plants that make Toyota Motor Corp's vehicles in Japan, and all four of Suzuki Motor Corp's domestic car and motorcycle factories.