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Japan to set energy policy but "no stance" on nuclear power

Published on Sep 4, 2012 1:22 PM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan is scheduled to set a national energy policy early next week, Economics Minister Motohisa Furukawa said on Tuesday, although he said the government had not taken any particular position on the main question over the role of nuclear power.

An anti-nuclear clamour has grown in Japan since an earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March last year, triggering the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.

The government, mindful of public opinion ahead of an election, had been hinting that it might set a target of eliminating atomic power by 2030 - a big shift for an economy that had planned to boost nuclear energy before last year's accident.

Mr Furukawa said the ruling Democratic Party would draw up the policy at the end of the week.

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