Japan promises to aim for a nuclear-free future

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said that the country should aim for a nuclear energy-free future, according to Reuters.

He said that the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear facility in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami had convinced him that Japan should eventually have no dependence on nuclear power.

Nuclear power had been providing just under a third of Japan’s power supply, but has fallen to less than 20% since the crisis.

Kan says that he wants to overhaul the country’s nuclear policy before his promised resignation. He also added that, in the meantime, energy conservation efforts and companies’ own in-house power suppliers would avoid major power shortages.

The issue has divided nations, with a number of European nations including Germany pledging to phase out nuclear power while others, like France and the UK, are pressing ahead.

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13 July 2011