The Japanese government has ordered the closure of the Hamoka nuclear plant in central Japan. It follows a report saying there is an 87 percent probability Hamoka could be a hit by a level 8 earthquake in the next 30 years.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the risks of another Fukushima are too great.
“As for the problem of elecricity shortages, I strongly believe we can overcome it, not only for the people in the area, but countrywide, endeavouring even harder to save power and electricity in a smarter manner,” he said.
Hamoka is run by Chubu Electric, but the news comes hot on the heels of reports of failing valves at Kariwa, the world’s biggest nuclear reactor. It is operated by Tepco, the company responsible for the operation of Fukushima.
The situation is so serious that Japan’s rarely seen imperial couple made another visit to the striken region around Fukushima. The Emperor and Empress visited last month, and are now back to bring what little comfort they can to the victims.