TOKYO — Living only nine miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which melted down in March 2011, dairy farmer Masami Yoshizawa said he was angry after he and his herd were exposed to high levels of radiation.
“About 200 cows died,” said Yoshizawa, 60, who’s even angrier now that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to fire up some of Japan’s 48 nuclear reactors, which were shut down after the disaster. He and other proponents say they are safe to reopen.
“No way can I allow him to do it,” Yoshizawa said. I will fight the rest of my life.”
Nearly four years after the Fukushima catastrophe, Japan has a serious case of nuclear jitters, which could be a boon for U.S. companies eager to export energy. Japan produces only 10 percent of its own.
Opponents want the nuclear plants permanently closed, saying they’re too fragile to withstand the country’s many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.