Abe hints at revoking ban on nuclear reactors
Tokyo: Japan’s incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeated that he will consider revoking the ban on construction of new nuclear reactors after assuming duties this week.
Abe made the remarks in Tabuse, Yamaguchi Prefecture, hinting he could abandon the policy, which is aimed at reducing the nation’s dependence on nuclear power in light of the dangers presented by the Fukushima meltdowns.
According to the Japan Times, he said that the country would review how to think about the issue nationwide.
Abe, who is set to become Japan's seventh prime minister in six years, said the new government will consider whether to allow power companies to build new reactors in line with his party’s goal of determining the country's future energy mix within the next 10 years, the report said.
The ban on new reactors was part of an energy strategy made by outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's government in September, after three reactor cores melted at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant in March 2011.
The strategy also said Japan will aim to phase out nuclear power in the 2030s, but that goal is widely expected to be retracted after the change in government following the Democratic Party of Japan's bruising defeat in Sunday's general election, the report added.
Currently, three reactors are under construction and nine more are at the planning stage.