Kanagawa governor approves first U.S. nuke-powered carrier in Japan

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) Kanagawa Gov. Shigefumi Matsuzawa said Wednesday the prefecture has accepted the U.S. plan to deploy a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at the naval port in Yokosuka in 2008.

“As the utmost safety measures are being taken, inevitably we have to accept” the deployment, Matsuzawa told a news conference.

Yokosuka will host for the first time a U.S. nuclear-powered carrier — the 102,000-ton USS George Washington.