Japan is to reassess the role nuclear power plays in meeting the country’s energy needs following the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said nuclear power will remain central to the energy plan, but greater security will be in place and more focus put on renewable energy.
It comes after Kan called on Chubu Electric Power to shutdown its nuclear plant in Hamaoka. The plant’s three reactors are situated in an area of high seismic activity.
A first tranche of evacuees from around the damaged Fukushima plant were allowed home briefly to collect belongings.
Tepco, which runs the plant, said it could be six to nine months before people displaced after the disaster will be able to return home:
One evacuee wanted more details about radiation levels. “It would have been good if officials had given us information on the radiation figure, but so far there has been no such information. I’m a bit worried,” he said.
Those displaced were provided with protective suits, goggles, face masks and dosimeters for the duration of their visit.
Work is continuing to stabilise the plant, which remains highly radioactive in some areas.