Big cities lobby Kepco to drop nuclear power via The Japan Times

OSAKA — Three major cities in the Kansai region — Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe — jointly urged Kansai Electric Power Co. on Monday to make greater efforts to part with nuclear power in light of the triple-meltdown crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

In a written request, the three municipalities also demanded that Kepco disclose information on the demand and supply of electricity in the area as well as lower and stabilize its rates.

Toru Hashimoto, the outspoken mayor of Osaka, which has a 9 percent stake in the utility, intends to propose the utility dispense with nuclear power at a Kepco shareholders’ meeting in June.

The city of Kobe owns a 3 percent in Kepco, while Kyoto owns a 0.45 percent stake.

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