Tokyo: The Japanese city of Nagasaki today
called for a shift away from nuclear power to renewables as it commemorated the 66th anniversary of its atomic bombing at
the end of World War II.
Mayor Tomihisa Taue said Japan must develop safer
alternative energies such as solar, wind and biomass following
the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March
in the world`s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl 25 years
"This March, we were astounded by the severity of the
accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station," Taue
said at a ceremony held near the spot where the US military
dropped its plutonium bomb.
"As the people of a nation that has experienced nuclear
devastation, we have continued the plea of `No More
Hibakusha!`," he said in his `peace declaration` speech, using
the Japanese word for the World War II radiation victims.
"How has it happened that we are threatened once again
by the fear of radiation? Have we lost our awe of nature? Have
we become overconfident in the control we wield as human
Until the March 11 disaster, Japan relied on nuclear
power for about 30 per cent of its energy needs and had
planned to boost that to 50 per cent by 2030, but
environmental activists have since called for a review of that
Five months since the quake and tsunami sparked the
Fukushima nuclear disaster, only 16 of Japan`s 54 reactors are
operational, with most of the closed plants now undergoing
More nuclear plants are due to go offline for regular
checks and maintenance in coming months, while many regional
governments that host atomic power stations have been
unwilling to approve reactor restarts.