JAPAN | Kan hopes to restart nuclear plants

Posted on June 20, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | Monday, June 20, 2011 00:03 +0900 (JST)

Prime Minister Naoto Kan says his administration will seek the understanding of local governments for resuming the operation of nuclear power plants nationwide, once their safety is guaranteed.

Kan held an online meeting at the Prime Minister’s office on Sunday to exchange views on green energy resources with people in 4 prefectures. The participants included residents of the prefecture where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is located.

Kan said he absolutely agrees with the request Economy and Industry Minister Banri Kaieda made on Saturday that local governments should restart nuclear power plants after implementing measures to avert any serious accidents.

Kan said the Chubu Electric Power Company’s shutdown of the Hamaoka nuclear plant was an exceptional case.

He added that a constructive discussion is needed to find good approaches for choosing long-term energy resources, suggesting that the topic of future energy resources should be treated separately from the nuclear plant issue.

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