The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant crisis prompted the government to ask untilities nationwide to draw up mid- and long-term countermeasures against future earthquakes and tsunami.
Among six power plants that supply electricity for commercial use in the Chubu region, only two — the Hamaoka facility in Shizuoka Prefecture operated by Chubu Electric Power Co., and Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s Shika plant in Ishikawa Prefecture — will be able to complete the construction of new seawalls by the end of this year.
Link: Chubu reactor safety improvements mixed bag
Starting in late March, the number of international flights at Central Japan International Airport, also known as Centrair, will return to what they were before the Lehman Brothers collapse in September 2008, reaching 294 per week when airlines switch to their summer timetables.
This is because carriers based in East Asia, including China, South Korea and Hong Kong, will increase their regular flights to Centrair in expectations that more foreign tourists will be heading to the Chubu region, in addition to Japanese business and vacation travelers.
See the article here: Centrair gearing up for a busy summer of travel
It has been about nine months since the operator of the Hamaoka nuclear plant succumbed to a government request to suspend operations, and it now awaits the time when it will be allowed to restart, while building a huge sea wall designed to reduce the risk of tsunami damage.
With no clear prospects of restarting the reactors at Chubu Electric Power Co.’s plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, some people who live in the vicinity acknowledge the need to step up discussions to prepare for a future that no longer relies on the massive economic benefits that go to a city for hosting a nuclear facility.
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