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2012 August 1 - 14 [JCP]

JCP Koike visits wind power plant in Tottori

August 9, 2012
Japanese Communist Party Policy Commission Chair Koike Akira on August 8 visited a wind power plant in Tottori’s Hokuei Town. The town expects more revenues from the sales of the wind power than from its residents’ tax.

A chief of the life environment section of the town government showed the JCP work team around the plant. The chief said, “We have launched the wind power project as a sustainable measure to combat global warming. Thanks to the introduction of the Feed-in Tariff, the town’s income from wind power sales will increase from 250 million yen to 400 million, which exceeds its inhabitants’ tax revenues. As one of organizers of the ‘Mayors for a Nuclear Power Free Japan’, the town mayor has taken the lead in increasing public opinion to demand breaking away from nuclear power.”

The deputy mayor pointed out that the maintenance of the power station is costly as the generators are made in Germany and it is needed to purchase replacement parts or to call engineers from that country for maintenance. He stressed that the national government should promote technological development in order to improve the performance of domestically-produced wind power generators.

Koike said, “I now clearly understand that the wind power project is playing an important role in supporting the municipal economy. We will work together to realize a Japan free of nuclear power through supporting the use of natural and renewable energy throughout the nation.”
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