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Niigata reactors to stay offline, governor says via The Japan Times online

Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida says he can’t allow the restart of three nuclear reactors in his prefecture even if they pass the central government’s stress tests to check their survivability in extreme disasters.

Noting that the central government still hasn’t gotten to the bottom of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Izumida said Tuesday in Tokyo that the new safety assessment procedure is almost useless unless the cause of the accident is taken into consideration.

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