Pacific tension over planned start-up of Japanese nuclear plant

The nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at Rokkasho, Japan (photo:dpa)
The nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at Rokkasho, Japan (photo:dpa)

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is hoping to give the country’s nuclear industry a boost by reviving the Rokkasho plant project. Nothing is likely to happen until after the upper house elections in the summer, but already the US and Japan’s close neighbours are getting nervous about the plan. The final part in our series on Japan’s nuclear industry looks at why they are worried.

JAPAN’S plan to start up a large-scale nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho has raised serious concerns in the United States, South Korea and China.

The Rokkasho plant, located in Aomori prefecture in northern Japan, was a key element of Japan’s commercial nuclear ...

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