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Osaka to call for abolition of nuclear power plant

(Xinhua)

08:11, April 11, 2012

OSAKA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Western Japanese city of Osaka decided Tuesday to propose a total abolition of nuclear power generation to the utility's corporate charter at the next shareholders meeting amid heightened public concern over nuclear power in Japan.

The decision was made at a meeting participated by officials from both the Osaka City and the Osaka Prefecture on Tuesday afternoon.

During the meeting, participants including Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and some 10 top officials from both government offices, recognized the Osaka city, which takes 8.9 percent stake in Kansai Electric Power Company, the largest shareholder, to exercise its right to propose a total abolition of nuclear power generation at the earliest possible time while demanding to widely introduce renewable energy sources to replace the atomic power generation.

The city will also demand the electric utility to cut the number of directors as well as employees. But it is uncertain whether the city can successfully write such words in the charter because at least two-thirds of shareholder's votes are required to revise the charter.

Hashimoto stressed at the meeting that the city's proposals should make the electric utility follow "absolute" measures much based on rational calculations and the internationally-established standard to ensure the safety of the nuclear facilities if the electric company would keep the operation for the time being.

Meanwhile, the participants decided to request for at least eight conditions for the company's Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, which is reported to restart the operation before the high peak summer season. Those include conclusion of "safety agreement" between the utility and its neighboring municipalities, local press said.

Kansai Electric Power Company, which is supplying electricity in the whole Kansai region including big cities of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, produced nearly half of its electricity by nuclear power with 11 reactors before last year's March 11 Fukushima disaster, but it has so far shut down all of its nuclear reactors for safety checks.

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