OPINION: Rural areas need common cause to take on central gov't

The rural areas of Japan continue to be under the central government’s thumb, divisions preventing them from coordinating and fostering solidarity. This October, the municipalities of Suttsu and Kamoenai in Hokkaido, the northernmost main island, applied for a preliminary government survey to assess their suitability to host a disposal site for high-level radioactive nuclear waste. The survey is already being conducted by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan, or NUMO, which is authorized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The original names of Suttsu and Kamoenai, wh…

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