Japan’s population turns against nuclear power

The government of Japan's prime minister Yoshihiko Noda may be at risk (photo:dpa)
The government of Japan's prime minister Yoshihiko Noda may be at risk (photo:dpa)

Japan could be nuclear-free within weeks without a referendum or any government decision. Nuclear power plants, shut down for routine maintenance, are not being brought back on line because of public opposition and security fears. Now electric power companies are using big increases in electricity prices to turn public sentiment.

A MAJORITY of Japan’s population has turned anti-nuclear following insights into the utterly poor response of the government and plant operator Tepco to the Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered by a tsunami in March, 2011.

A survey published by the newspaper Asahi, revealed that 57 per cent of respondents were against re-starting nuclear reactors ...

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