Justin McCurry “Japan edges back towards nuclear power with vote to restart reactors” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/28/japan-nuclear-power-reactors-satsumasendai-fukushima
Nineteen of 26 assembly members in Satsumasendai, located 600 miles south-west of Tokyo, voted in favour of restarting the Sendai nuclear power plant. Four voted against and three abstained.
The vote does not mean the reactors, the first to win approval to restart since the introduction of stringent new safety requirements, will go back online immediately.
The debate over the Sendai has split communities. The “host” town of Satsumasendai receives billions of yen in government and industry subsidies. But Ichikikushikino*2, which lies slightly further away from the plant, receives only a fraction of that, even though residents say they would face similar health risks from radiation leaks in the event of an accident.
Earlier this year, more than half of the 30,000 residents of Ichikikushikino signed a petition opposing the restart. The issue has been complicated by concerns over a volcano located 40 miles away that scientists say is showing signs of increased activity that could cause a small eruption.
*4:See eg. 「硫黄山北側に地震計 火山性微動観測を強化」http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20141027-00003886-miyazaki-l45 「下山呼び掛け、宮崎県道通行止め 硫黄山火口周辺警報」http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20141025-00003873-miyazaki-l45