JAPAN | Hosono: Building more nuclear plants difficult

Posted on July 15, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | 15 July 2011

Japan’s nuclear crisis minister says the chances are slim of Japan building any more nuclear power plants.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Goshi Hosono said the scale of the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power station made it extremely difficult for the country to build new nuclear plants.

He defended a proposal by Prime Minister Naoto Kan earlier this week that Japan reduce its dependence on nuclear energy. Hosono said it is a choice based on reality, rather than theory.

Hosono stressed the need to press forward with a bill to promote the use of renewable energy, on which the Diet began deliberations one day earlier.

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