Mayors organize antinuclear forum


Fifteen current and former mayors will hold a conference this month to lobby against nuclear plants, one of the mayors said.

“We thought we should set up the conference before Kansai Electric Power Co. restarts its Oi nuclear plant” in Fukui Prefecture, Hajime Mikami, mayor of Kosai in Shizuoka Prefecture, said Friday. “By breaking away from nuclear plants, we will protect the lives and property of residents.”

The group is urging other mayors to join the conference, which is aimed at eliminating nuclear plants and will meet biannually to discuss atomic power. The conferences will also compile proposals on renewable energy usage, as well as the evacuation of children and provision of safe food for them.

The mayors are expected to be joined by 40 others at the inaugural conference in Tokyo on April 28.