Kishida turns Japan's energy problems into nuclear opportunity

The U-turn comes at a pivotal juncture for Japan, which also has to grapple with a revamp of its national security strategy.

Blackout scares in Tokyo and rising electricity bills have softened public opposition to restarting nuclear reactors. PHOTO: REUTERS
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(FINANCIAL TIMES) - In a 27-page document that accompanied Wednesday's announcement of Japan's biggest U-turn in nuclear policy in 11 years, the word "crisis" was used seven times.

The single word encapsulates why Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has risked political capital to end a paralysis that has hung over the country's energy sector since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.

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