TEPCO Exec Voices Wish to Restart N-Reactors

Economy

New York, April 18 (Jiji Press)--An executive of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> on Thursday expressed a wish to restart idled nuclear reactors in Japan using the lessons learned from the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Executive Vice Chairman Naomi Hirose also showed concerns over Japan's high dependency on thermal power generation in a lecture at Columbia University.

Hirose noted that only some nuclear power plants in his country resumed operations after suspension following a triple meltdown at TEPCO's Fukushima No. 1 plant, hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Hirose cited the importance of disaster drills as one of the lessons from the country's worst nuclear accident.

He also stressed the need to allow people living near nuclear plants to understand the importance of such exercise better in cooperation with local municipalities.

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