Report: Japan firm leans towards closing nuke plant

May 8, 2011 12:05

TOKYO - A Japanese power company is leaning towards closing its only nuclear plant as requested by the prime minister, local media said on Sunday, as power cuts loom in the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami that crippled another plant in the north.

Chubu Electric Power Co could make the decision at a board meeting as early as Monday.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan last week called for Chubu to shut Hamaoka in central Japan, citing the risk of another disastrous quake and signalling a potential shift in energy policy as technicians try to stop radiation leaking from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

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