DPJ concedes to public push for zero nukes, but specifics still vague
News On Japan via Mainichi -- Sep 07
A policy recommendation to shut down all nuclear reactors by the 2030s drafted by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has paved the way for the incorporation of a zero-nuclear policy into a new energy and environment policy that the government is expected to decide on early next week.
The top ranks of the government's Energy Environment Council spent nearly three hours in discussions on Sept. 6, after a section in the original policy proposal that stated that "20 nuclear reactors will be in operation in 2030" invited strong objections from anti-nuclear blocs.
In response to the argument from anti-nuclear factions that the line was a mere statement of Japan's situation if current regulations to decommission reactors after 40 years were followed and no new reactors were built, those in favor of maintaining nuclear reactors argued that a zero-nuclear policy was unrealistic.
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(Jiji Press )