Nuclear power still key to Japan energy mix: Officials
SEOUL (AFP) - Nuclear power is set to remain a key part of Japan's energy profile despite the safety concerns raised by the Fukushima disaster, senior Japanese energy officials predicted Monday.
"The Japanese government still considers nuclear as an option for the energy mix. It must not be excluded from the overall energy mix," said Mr Zengo Aizawa, Vice President of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) which operates the stricken Fukushima plant.
"The government has rethought the idea of abandoning nuclear energy," Mr Aizawa told a session of the World Energy Congress being held in Daegu, South Korea.
Japan shut down all 50 commercial reactors in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant.