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Japan aims to phase out nuclear energy by 2040

Published on Sep 14, 2012 4:55 PM
A man holds a banner that reads 'No Nukes' during a rally attended by over 1000 protesters against the use of nuclear power, in front of parliament in Tokyo on Aug 24, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan on Friday said it planned to phase out nuclear power over three decades in an apparent bow to public pressure after last year's Fukushima disaster, the worst atomic accident in a generation.

The disaster-struck country would work to cut its use of nuclear energy to zero by 2040 by eventually shutting down its stable of reactors, which once supplied resource-poor Japan with about one-third of its energy.

"The government will introduce every possible policy resource that would enable nuclear power generation to be at zero during the 2030s," the paper said.

The move would bring resource-poor Japan into line with Italy, Switzerland and Germany, which has said it will wean itself off nuclear power by 2022, and comes amid regular vocal protests against nuclear power.

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