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A 26-member Yokosuka city delegation will visit Naval Base San Diego starting Sunday to inspect a nuclear aircraft carrier there in hopes of allaying fears about the nuclear carrier to be based near their city as of 2008, according to an Associated Press report citing an unnamed Yokosuka official.

The four-day visit is to study safety and emergency measures in case of an accident involving a nuclear-powered vessel, according to the wire service, which cited an official reportedly among 10 local Chamber of Commerce members going to the California base.

In October, the Navy announced it planned to deploy a nuclear-powered carrier to Yokosuka Naval Base.

In November, Yokosuka’s mayor presented a petition to U.S. Ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer citing safety concerns in opposing the plan. In March, Japanese activists collected 146,000 new signatures on a petition against the plan, bringing the number of signers to 470,000, city officials said.


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