As nationwide outrage mounts over the decision to allow two nuclear reactor restarts in Oi, Fukui Prefecture, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Monday that he will look into the challenges Japan would face if it someday ends its reliance on atomic power.
But at a news conference in Hiroshima after the annual Peace Memorial Ceremony, Noda refused to declare "zero reliance" as an eventual policy goal.
"I intend to order the Cabinet to identify the possible challenges if Japan were to have zero reliance on nuclear energy in the future," Noda said. "To deepen discussions on the future energy mix, I believe it is necessary to consider the possibility of having zero reliance in the future."
The government of Japan has bestowed one of that nation's highest honors on a Japanese-American, a former U.S. Soldier and World War II veteran, for his work furthering relationships between the Japanese and Americans. (army.mil )
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )