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Judges hold rethink on nuke safety via The Japan Times

The Fukushima nuclear crisis has judges nationwide calling for in-depth safety analyses in legal cases involving atomic plants, it was learned Thursday.

According to internal documents obtained by an information disclosure request, five of seven judges who submitted proposals at a study meeting on nuclear issues hosted by the Supreme Court pointed to the need to examine safety more thoroughly than before. The meeting was held from Jan. 26 to 27 and was attended by 35 judges.

Courts have routinely rejected appeals made in cases involving nuclear plants, but now they are debating whether the government itself is taking appropriate safety procedures.

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