A court in Japan has issued an injunction preventing two nuclear reactors from being restarted at the country’s Takahama plant, citing safety concerns.
It is a victory for worried locals but a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to return to atomic energy four years after Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant plant was seriously damaged by an earthquake-caused Tsunami.
Japan’s entire stable of nuclear power stations was gradually switched off following the Fukushima disaster, while tens of thousands of people were evacuated due to concerns about radiation exposure.
Many are still unable to return to their homes and scientists have warned that some areas around the plant may remain uninhabitable for decades or more.
#Japan 's "#nuclear alley" where 2day #fukui district court placed an injunction on re-opening Takahama reactors 3&4. pic.twitter.com/jKKzBLbCfU— Tom O'Sullivan (@MathyosEnergy) April 14, 2015
Takahama plant operator Kansai Electric Power slammed the injunction as “extremely regrettable and utterly unacceptable” and said it would appeal against the decision.
A lawyer representing the plaintiffs called the ruling a “perfect victory”.
“This is the best decision that we could have expected,” he told supporters outside the courthouse.
“This is a decision that was made, in part because due to the sacrifices of the victims (of Fukushima),” said Tadashi Matsuda, one of the supporters gathered outside the court. “To those still suffering in Fukushima; I hope this news reaches you and hope you listen.. this was made possible thanks to you.”