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Gov't unit sought to manipulate symposium on nuclear power: utility

TOKYO, July 29 — Chubu Electric Power Co. said Friday it was asked by the government's nuclear safety agency to have local residents pitch questions favoring the firm's so-called pluthermal nuclear power generation project at a related symposium.

The electricity firm serving central Japan said an official of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency asked the utility to bring in participants for the government-sponsored symposium to reduce the number of vacant seats and have them raise questions to make it appear that not everyone was opposed to the project.

Chubu Electric drafted a list of questions, but eventually rejected the request, considering it was inappropriate. (PNA/Kyodo) scs/rsm

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