The Straits Times
Published on Dec 31, 2012

Japan PM Abe wants new nuclear reactors


TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's new prime minister Shinzo Abe has voiced his willingness to build new nuclear reactors, reports said on Monday, despite widespread public opposition to atomic energy in light of the Fukushima crisis.

During an interview on Sunday with television network TBS, Mr Abe remarked that new reactors would be different to those at Fukushima which were crippled by the earthquake-tsunami, according to major news outlets including the Nikkei business daily and Kyodo News.

It was the first time that Mr Abe has clearly declared his wish to build new reactors since he officially took office on Wednesday.

"New reactors will be totally different from the ones built 40 years ago - those at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that caused the crisis," Mr Abe said in the interview, according to the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.