Japan now unlikely to phase out nuclear power: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/japan-now-unlikely-to-phase-out-nuclear-power-2013-02-11
"International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Yukiya
Amano is of the opinion that the new Japanese government of Shinzo Abe
(elected by a landslide vote in December) will not phase out the
country’s use of nuclear power. Following the accident at the
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, caused by a
devastating earthquake and tsunami (which left more than 15 000 people
dead and nearly 5 000 missing), the previous Japanese government decided
to phase out all nuclear power by the 2030s. In his election campaign,
Abe stated he would retain nuclear power. “In January I went to
Japan and had meetings with Prime Minister Abe and other Ministers,”
Amano said in response to a question from Engineering News Online. “My
impression is that the leaders of the new government are more supportive
of nuclear power. They are not talking about phasing out nuclear power
by [the] 2030s. This is not the policy being considered by the Abe
government. But it will take them time to establish a new energy policy.
I don’t think that a new energy policy will be announced shortly.”"
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