Japan

Yokosuka Climate Case

Jurisdiction: Tokyo District Court


Side A: 45 Japanese citizens (Individual)


Side B: Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (Government)


Core objectives:

Plaintiffs challenged environmental impact assessment of coal-fired generating units.


Summary
On May 27, 2019, 45 Japanese citizens filed suit to block the construction of a new coal-fired power plant. The plaintiffs filed a legal challenge against the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, seeking cancelation of the notice of finalization of the environmental impact assessment for the construction of two new coal-fired generating units - totaling 1,300 MW - at the Yokosuka power plant. The plaintiffs allege that JERA, the plant operator, improperly exploited a streamlined assessment process for replacements or upgrades that the Japanese Government created after the Fukushima Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.
Case documents

from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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