Nuclear power to be phased out following Fukushima disaster
Saturday 15 September 2012
Nuclear power should be phased out over the next three decades, say Japanese ministers in a major energy policy U-turn prompted by the Fukushima disaster.
Reversing Japan's long dependence on nuclear power is popular with the public, though it faces opposition from business interests.
The new policy calls for greater reliance on renewable energy, more conservation and sustainable use of fossil fuels, and would see Japan joining Germany in turning its back on nuclear energy.
The government proposal requires endorsement by the entire cabinet, which has reportedly already agreed to the changes.
The Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, said the new policy was only the start of a long, difficult process. "We are only at the starting line," Mr Noda said. "We are going to begin an extremely difficult challenge. We can no longer put it off."
The phase-out of nuclear power by the 2030s is to be achieved mainly by retiring ageing reactors and not replacing them.
Japan began reviewing its energy policy following last year's disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was set off by an earthquake and tsunami. Before the accident, Japan relied on nuclear power for one-third of its energy and had planned to raise that to 50 per cent by 2030.
- 1 Kylie Jenner challenge: Bizarre lip suction device inspired by Kardashian sister goes viral
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 5 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Office Administrator is requ...
£12000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to expansion and growth of ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer position with a...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Operations Leader is required to join a lea...