[ExI] Japan's New Environmental Minister Calls for Closing Down All Nuclear Reactors to Prevent Another Disaster Like Fukushima

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 14 00:23:02 UTC 2019

"After the disaster, all 54 of Japan's nuclear reactors were shut down.
*Reuters* reported <https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN1VX01M>
Wednesday that "about 40 percent of the pre-Fukushima fleet is being
decommissioned" and only six reactors are currently operating. Amid drawn
out legal battles
the impacts of the meltdown, campaigners have ramped up opposition to
nuclear power generation in the country.

However, some Japanese politicians, including the current prime minister,
have argued that nuclear energy is necessary to meet national climate
goals. Japan's new trade and industry minister, Isshu Sugawara, criticized
Koizumi's call to shutter the country's reactors. "There are risks and
fears about nuclear power," Sugawara said. "But 'zero-nukes' is, at the
moment and in the future, not realistic."

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