No. 1, 2 plants’ reactors written off


National policy minister Motohisa Furukawa has said that reactors 5 and 6 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and the nearby No. 2 power station should never be restarted.

Furukawa made the remarks Thursday while meeting evacuees from the village of Kawauchi during a visit to Fukushima Prefecture, Mayor Yuko Endo said.

The gathering was held at a temporary housing complex in the city of Koriyama, where Kawauchi residents are currently living after being forced to evacuate because of the nuclear crisis. The village is located close to the stricken No. 1 power plant.

Of the facility’s six reactors, Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to decommission reactors 1 through 4. However, Tepco has not clarified its plans on the remaining two units or the four reactors at Fukushima No. 2, which has been idled since March 2011.