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Nuclear foe who won now ‘I told you so’ hero via The Japan Times online


Toshinobu Hatsui’s protest over construction of a nuclear plant split friends and families in his hometown. After the biggest atomic accident in 25 years, resentment has turned to gratitude.

“Those of us who opposed the plant can finally be proud of what we did,” said Hatsui, a 62-year-old fisherman, recalling the anger among nuclear supporters in Hidaka, Wakayama Prefecture, who missed out on an economic windfall when the town rejected the plant in the 1970s. “Since the accident, people called to express their relief that it wasn’t built.”

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