The Straits Times
Published on Jun 11, 2013

Japan's first lady says she is 'anti-nuclear'


TOKYO (AFP) - The wife of Japan's pro-business Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not like nuclear power and would rather her husband's government did not try to export it, she said in a speech.

In comments that appear to run against the grain of government thinking, which is increasingly moving towards switching mothballed reactors back on, Mrs Akie Abe said Japan should press on instead with renewables.

"I feel bad that Japan is trying to sell nuclear power plants overseas because I am anti-nuclear," she said in a closed-door speech last Thursday at an event organised by a non-profit group that supports farming communities.

"I admit it is an important technology that Japan has," she said, footage posted on the website of the organiser showed.