Kashiwazaki

Kashiwazaki

(käshēwä`zäkē), city (1990 pop. 88,309), Niigata prefecture, central Honshu, Japan, on the Japan Sea. A resort town known for its hot springs, Kashiwazaki produces petrochemicals, machinery, automobile parts, computer printers, glass, and lumber. Fishing also is important, and a large nuclear power plant is there. The city suffered extensive damage from an earthquake in 2007.
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The plan hinges on Tokyo Electric (Tepco) restarting its Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant to cut fossil fuel costs, a contentious undertaking staunchly opposed by the local governor.
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant submitted a revised business plan to the government aimed at securing steady profit with the restart of its undamaged Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant in July.
The plant in Saku, Nagano, which makes some batteries and performs research and development, will end production by November and its around 100 employees will be transferred to the Niigata factory in Kashiwazaki, where mass production of batteries for use in electric vehicles as well as storage batteries began in February last year.
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Kashiwazaki City's fire department warned Tepco twice late last year to step up fire prevention at the plant.
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The fire at the Kashiwazaki nuclear power station was quickly put out and the reactors were shut down.
Fire sirens could be heard in hard-hit Kashiwazaki city, and older buildings were reduced to piles of wood.
Two women died in Kashiwazaki, an official at Kashiwazaki Central Hospital said.
Some 2,000 people in Kashiwazaki were evacuated from their homes and nearly 300 buildings in the city were destroyed.