Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan says he will promote the idea of a society without reliance on nuclear power generation, not as a personal assertion but as a government policy.
The prime minister made the remark at a news conference in Hiroshima City, western Japan, on Saturday after the 66th anniversary ceremony of the US atomic bombing of the city.
He reiterated his ceremony statement that Japan will revise its energy policy from scratch and reduce its dependence on nuclear power, aiming to create a society independent of nuclear power.
He added that he proposed at an energy and environmental panel of Cabinet members at the end of last month that the current policy be completely reversed and to submit a scenario with a timetable to realize that goal.
He said Japan will do its best to bring about nuclear abolition and aim to create a world without nuclear weapons where no nuclear deterrent is necessary.
He said the country will maintain the 3 non-nuclear principles, which are core policies known domestically and internationally, adding that he believes it is important to clearly express Japan’s commitment to the principles to the world.