LDP in Fukushima goes antinuke


The Fukushima prefectural chapter of the Liberal Democratic Party declared Sunday it will no longer promote nuclear power.

The LDP, which held power for most of the postwar period until it was defeated by the Democratic Party of Japan in the August 2009 general election, has been a long-time promoter of nuclear power.

“We will definitely not promote nuclear power generation in the future,” said the chapter’s policy platform for fiscal 2011 . The platform was adopted at its regular convention amid the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Tepco can’t reach 69

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has lost contact with 69 people who worked at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant during the early days of the nuclear crisis in March, according to spokesman Junichi Matsumoto.

The health ministry is trying to collect data on radiation exposure, but the utility hasn’t been able to contact 32 of the workers involved from its affiliated companies, and can’t confirm the true identity of 37 others, Matsumoto said.