New Energy Policy Proposes to End Nuclear Power in Japan

In Japan’s first review of its energy policy after the Fukushima disaster of 2011, a panel of the Japanese Cabinet made public its recommendations on September 14th. Part of the proposed new policy includes phasing out nuclear power by the 2030s – mainly by retiring aging reactors and not replacing them. Japan’s big business lobby is vehemently opposed to such a plan, but strong anti-nuclear public opinion has been evidenced by weekly mass rallies in front of the prime minister’s office, and in submissions to public hearings held by the government as part of its review.

 

“Japan Will Try to Halt Nuclear Power by the End of the 2030s” (Sept. 14 2012) at the New York Times website at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/15/world/asia/japan-will-try-to-halt-nuclear-power-by-the-end-of-the-2030s.html?pagewanted=all&_moc.semityn.www

 

A summary of the options presented for public consideration is at Options for Energy and the Environment: The Energy and Environment Council Decision at:http://www.npu.go.jp/policy/policy09/pdf/20120720/20120720_en.pdf

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