Tokyo citizens group close to number of signatures required for nuclear referendum

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A group of citizens said Thursday that it has collected some 250,000 signatures in Tokyo, enough to call for an ordinance for a referendum on whether to keep using nuclear power. If the government allows from 4 municipalities that were slightly late for the 2 month deadline  from citizens in Hachioji, the total number would reach over 300,000.     Hajime Imai, head of the group, said the number surpassed some 214,000 required under law to demand the Tokyo metropolitan government draw up an ordinance to hold the referendum.

If electoral councils covering municipalities where the signatures were collected confirm that the group has the required number of effective signatures, it will ask the Tokyo governor after the end of the Golden Week holiday period through early May to craft he ordinance.

Source: JiJi Press


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