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Nuclear power to remain important energy source in Japan's new energy plan

Published on Apr 11, 2014 4:10 PM
 
An employee of Kyushu Electric Power Co walks in front of reactor buildings at the company's Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecture on April 3, 2014. Japan on Friday, April 11, 2014, said nuclear power would remain an important source of energy as the government approved a new Basic Energy Plan, the first policy of its kind since the 2011 Fukushima disaster. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan on Friday said nuclear power would remain an important source of energy as the government approved a new Basic Energy Plan, the first policy of its kind since the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

The government of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said atomic generation would resume once regulators were sure of the safety of each reactor, all of which were switched off after the tsunami-sparked catastrophe at the Fukushima plant.

The move comes despite widespread public unease over a technology once almost unquestioningly accepted as necessary in resource-poor Japan. Polls suggest more than half of the population is against restarting the reactors.

The last Basic Energy Plan, approved in June 2010, was more focused on cutting CO2 emissions, saying Japan would aim to increase the use of nuclear and renewable energy to more than 50 per cent by 2020 and about 70 percent over the following decade.

 
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