Fukushima residents say resounding "no" to nuclear energy
(REUTERS) - Get out of nuclear power and do it fast, angry Fukushima residents told Japanese government officials on Wednesday at a public hearing on energy policy held in an area ravaged by a nuclear disaster that has whipped up opposition to atomic power.
The Fukushima hearing, the ninth out of 11 planned nationwide, sought to gather views on nuclear power's role in the nation's energy mix as the government struggles to cover a power shortfall by that threatens economic growth.
Meltdowns at the Tokyo Power owned Fukushima nuclear plant after an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 led the government to shut all nuclear plants until recently, forced more than 160,0000 people to flee and raised fears of radiation exposure.
"I want all the reactors in Japan shut immediately and scrapped," a grey-haired woman, who introduced herself as a farmer living 65km from the Fukushima plant, said at the public hearing in the prefecture capital.