Rokkasho is a small village in Aomori prefecture in northern Japan. Historically it has been primarily a fishing town, however today it is more famous for its nuclear complex. This complex includes a uranium enrichment plant which started partial operations in 1992, a MOX (plutonium-uranium mixed-oxide fuel) fabrication facility, a low level nuclear waste storage facility which opened in December 1992, a high level nuclear waste temporary storage facility, and lastly the Rokkasho reprocessing plant which began construction in 1993 and has now been delayed for the 24th time since then . The central government of Japan has provided monetary compensation for the town of Rokkasho, including around 20bn yen in 1995, which was used to build a new gymnasium, museum and a golf course . Apart from the monetary subsidies, the huge nuclear project owned by Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited (JNFL) provided a lot of jobs for Rokkasho residents, thus making the entire village highly dependent on the nuclear complex.