TEPCO funded the massive J Village soccer complex in 1997 in a tactic that has become common among Japanese nuclear plant companies. Throw buckets of cash at the local community and they are less likely to complain about the risk from aging plants or the construction of a new one. This is just one of the tactics employed to get their way in a community that shoulders the risk of nuclear power in their back yard.
This tactic worked so well that communities that don’t actually host the power plant wanted in on the action. With more communities putting their hand out TEPCO opted to make some donations to the prefecture rather than a specific community.
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