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Fukushima evacuees, citizens groups vexed by Oi restart decision via the Asahi Shimbun

Among those shaking their heads at the June 16 decision by the central government to resume operations at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture are evacuees in Fukushima Prefecture as well as citizens groups urging energy conservation.

In the wake of last year’s accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, residents of Okuma and Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture were forced to evacuate because of the radiation fallout. With no indication of when they can return to their homes, many evacuees have doubts about restarting two reactors at the Oi plant.

“While local communities may benefit if nuclear plants are operating, I do not think operations should be resumed,” said Mariko Ito, 63, who evacuated from Okuma, which co-hosts the crippled plant along with Futaba.

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