Mayor Tatsuya Murakami criticized the government sharply at a morning assembly opened on Sept. 30, twelve years to the day after a criticality accident at a nuclear production and processing company here that led to the deaths of two company employees and exposed 666 people to radiation.
In front of the approximately 100 village officials who gathered, Murakami both criticized the central government for its handling of nuclear power and showed his anti-nuclear position.
“A government that is both incompetent and unfeeling toward mankind is not qualified to have nuclear power plants,” he said.
“Just as with the incident at (nuclear processing plant) JCO Co., the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co’s handling (of the latest nuclear crisis at TEPCO’s Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant) has been sorely lacking,” Murakami said. Pointing to the over 1 million people living within a 30-kilometer radius of the Japan Atomic Power Company’s Tokai No. 2 Nuclear Power Plant, he asked, “Is it really OK to have a nuclear power plant in this area?”