The Japanese government ordered to stop the work at the Hamaoka nuclear plant, since it is considered a risk due to its proximity to the sea. The decision was made after high seismic risks in the area were it is located. The plant is located at 190 km to the southwest of Tokyo.
Japans Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, formally asked the paralyzation of Hamaoka, were two of their five reactors were operative, while another two units are being dismantled and a third is on maintenance. Kan stated that the plant will not work until all the precautions have been taken in consideration. The Hamaoka plant produces 2,500 megawatts of electricity. According to the Nuclear Safety Agency of Japan, the plant could remain inoperative for two years.
Chubu Electric, the company that owns the plant has intentions of appealing against the decision of the government due to the economic loss that it represents for them and the electric supply that provides in the area.
Japan has not been able to fully restore and control the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Meanwhile there are suspicions that the Tsuruga nuclear plant, in the center of Japan, has two leaks coming from the fuel bars in the nuclear reactor #2.