Entering the post-post-Fukushima era

From Foreign Policy Tue Jan 8 2013, 18:20:09

Michiyo Nakamoto reports that Japan's new government is likely preparing the country for a U-turn on nuclear power policy:

Shinzo Abe, who took over as prime minister last month, has given a clear indication that the government is looking to build new nuclear power plants, despite widespread public reservations in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima accident, the world's worst nuclear disaster in a quarter of a century.

"The new nuclear power plants we will build will be completely different from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant which caused the accident, and those that were built 40 years ago," Mr Abe said in a television appearance this week.

"We are likely to build new nuclear power plants on winning the public's understanding," he said.

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