Dying villages compete to become the site of the dump for Japan’s nuclear waste. Two struggling towns in northern Japan are vying to host an underground repository of highly radioactive waste from the nation’s nuclear power plants in the hope that it will bring a much-needed financial windfall – and hopefully some much-needed new residents. Haruo Kataoka, the mayor of Suttsu, wants his port town on the west coast of Hokkaido, in Japan’s far north to host the waste. The nearby village of Kamoenai also announced that it would compete with its own bid for the right to bury toxic leftovers. Like many remote towns across Japan hollowed out by the country’s demographic crisis, both Suttsu and Kamoenai are wrangling over state subsidies that can plug their budgets and save them from spiralling into debt.
Telegraph 10th Oct 2020 read more »