The government and power companies should take seriously the legal action launched by Hakodate. Hokkaido’s third-largest city is seeking to halt construction of a nuclear power plant across the sea in Oma, Aomori Prefecture, on the grounds that it could be devastated in the event of a severe accident at the plant even though it has no say in its launch or operation.

In the first such action by a municipality in Japan, the Hakodate city government filed the lawsuit on April 3 with the Tokyo District Court to stop the project by Electric Power Development Co. (J-Power) to build a new plant that would run entirely on plutonium-uranium mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel.

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