The Japanese government is planning to improve its current efforts in selecting the last site for nuclear waste disposal.
This is after failing to find a willing and open host community in the span of over a decade.
However, the said long-stalled process is going to have less chances of being pushed through, unless the questions and doubts about nuclear power are answered.
These include the ones that the nuclear disaster which took place in Fukushima in 2011 have highlighted.
In the year 2000, the Japanese government agreed to vitrify and bury the nuclear waste produced, after the fuel used in nuclear plants is reprocessed, underground deeper than 300 meters.
After two years, the government began to solicit the municipalities in the entire country which would want to volunteer and host the disposal site for the high-level radioactive waste.
They offered huge subsidies to get preliminary research in return.
In 2007, one of the towns of the Kochi Prefecture tried to come forward. But they withdrew their offer to be a host community for the nuclear waste disposal site soon after their mayor submitted his resignation in the local opposition’s face.
The administration of Abe made decisions in December that the Japanese government will resort to identifying areas that are scientifically suitable for the storage of high-level radioactive waste.
They are eyeing on communities which are seemingly safe from all of the effects of volcanic and seismic activities of underground water.
After that, they are planning to approach the qualifying municipalities in the areas tested for research as potential candidates for the nuclear waste storage sites.
This is their move rather than having to wait for certain municipalities to come forward and volunteer their area.
Perspectives On Japan’s Nuclear Power
The generation of nuclear power of Japan has usually been compared to a “condominium without a toilet” because of the lack of final disposal sites for nuclear waste, while more fuel gets consumed in the generation of power at nuclear plants.
The said issue is mentioned by a lot of critics as one of the reasons for the disagreement with the use of nuclear power.
The administration of Abe is apparently hoping for the acceleration and progress of the process regarding the selection of disposal sites.
This is in accordance to Abe’s hopes of maintaining nuclear energy as Japan’s main energy source.