Mixed reactions to Koizumi's view on nuclear power
NHK -- Oct 18
Former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi's call for Japan to end its reliance on nuclear power is causing a stir as the country discusses future energy policies.

Koizumi, who is retired from politics, has recently been voicing his views against nuclear power in public.

In a speech on Wednesday, he reiterated his position.

Koizumi said if the government and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party decide that Japan should end nuclear power generation and use renewable energy instead, most of the Japanese people would endorse the policy.

LDP members are troubled by their former leader's remarks.

Some say Koizumi's position is incompatible with the party policy to promote the resumption of the country's idled nuclear plants while respecting the nuclear regulation body's safety assessments. Others worry that Koizumi's remarks could give the impression to the public that the party is divided on the issue.

「日本は原発ゼロで十分に経済成長できる」小泉純一郎元首相が「脱原発」の姿勢を強め­ている。10月16日、小泉元首相は千葉県木更津市内で講演し、福島第一原発事故の後­、自らの考えが「脱原発」に変わったと説明。「高レベル放射性廃棄物の処分場が日本に­ないことで、『核のゴミ』の捨て場所もないのに原発を再稼働すればゴミはどんどん増え­ていく」と脱原発の必要性を強調した。こうした元首相の一連の発言は政界に波紋を呼ん­でいる。次男である小泉進次郎内閣府兼復興政務官も、原発再稼働に慎重な考えを表明し­ているが、「父は父だ。私は政府の一員だ」と話し、父の考えには反対の立場であるとし­ている。

Sources: NHK, TomoNewsJP
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