Hokkaido gov't tied to public opinion manipulation on pluthermal nuke reactor: panel


  • Hokkaido gov't tied to public opinion manipulation on pluthermal nuke reactor: panel

    The Hokkaido Prefectural Government was involved in attempts to manipulate public opinion in favor of an experimental pluthermal nuclear reactor project, a prefecture-appointed panel stated on Nov. 23.

    In a report submitted to Hokkaido Gov. Harumi Takahashi, the third-party investigative panel said, "The then chief of the (Hokkaido Prefectural Government's) nuclear power safety section asked for the presentation of opinions in favor of the project" at the No. 3 reactor of the Tomari nuclear plant operated by Hokkaido Electric Power Co. The panel also stated, however, that "it is difficult to conclude the prefecture was systematically involved."

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp