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Major Japanese Cities Want To Shun Nuke Power

Three major Japanese cities - Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe - on Monday jointly urged Kansai Electric Power Co. to make efforts to break its dependence on nuclear power.

The move came in the wake of the quake-triggered nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

In a written request submitted to Kansai Electric, the three municipalities also called on the company to disclose information on demand and supply of its electricity while cutting down and stabilizing power tariff, the Kyodo News reported.

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto plans to take up the issue at a shareholders meeting in June. Osaka has a nine percent stake in the Kansai Electric while the city of Kobe and Kyoto own three percent and 0.45 percent respectively.

Kansai Electric has 11 reactors and had produced half of its electricity by nuclear power before last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster in north-eastern Japan. The company has shut down all of the 11 reactors for checkups now.

by RTT Staff Writer

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