JAPAN | Kan to express aim to reduce nuclear power

Posted on August 5, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 5 August 2011

Prime Minister Naoto Kan will express his resolve to reduce Japan’s dependency on nuclear energy at the August 6th ceremony to mark the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

The prime minister will deliver a speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on Saturday, the 66th anniversary of the bombing.

Kan is expected to call on his country to lead international talks on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation to work toward a world without nuclear arms.

He is also expected to say that the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant caused anxiety around the world, and announce plans to review Japan’s energy policy in total.
In addition, Kan will announce his intention to implement stringent safety measures in operating nuclear power plants.

He will stress that the Fukushima accident is a lesson for mankind, and that it is Japan’s duty to inform people around the world about it.

Regarding the prime minister’s speech at the ceremony, some government officials are against mentioning nuclear power policy. They contend atomic bombs and nuclear power plants are different issues.

But Kan has apparently decided to include nuclear power policy in his speech and emphasize his resolve to reduce dependence on nuclear energy.

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