A Japanese court has turned down a request by residents for a halt to operations of a nuclear reactor in western Japan.
The Hiroshima District Court ruled on Thursday that local residents are in no specific danger of suffering serious radiation damage from the No. 3 reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture.
4 people were asking for an injunction, saying the reactor is at risk of a serious accident from a major earthquake.
The reactor's operator, Shikoku Electric Power Company, rejected their concerns, saying it took safety measures based on the maximum size of a possible quake predicted for the area.
Presiding Judge Shigeyuki Yoshioka said the firm worked out its assessment based on a meticulous geological survey.
The judge ruled that there is nothing unreasonable about the Nuclear Regulation Authority's decision that the reactor meets its requirements.
The reactor was restarted last August after passing scrutiny by the agency based on stricter requirements introduced following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.
One of the four residents, Kenta Tsunasaki, called the court's decision regrettable. He said he will keep speaking out against nuclear stations.
Shikoku Electric Power Company said in a statement that the court's decision is reasonable. The firm said it will keep working to ensure safety.