Nobel Winner Urges Japan To Abandon Nuclear Power – Children have to live with radiation threats for 10, 20 or 30 years from now

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TOKYO — Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe urged Japan‘s new prime minister on Tuesday to halt plans to restart nuclear power plants and instead abandon nuclear energy. Oe cautioned Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda against prioritizing the economy over safety.

“The new prime minister seems to think that nuclear power plants are necessary for Japan’s economy, and how to resume their operation is one of his key political agendas,” Oe said. “We must make a big decision to abolish all nuclear plants.”

The nuclear accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant was like “a third atomic bombing” that Japan inflicted on itself, Oe said. “We already faced the major threat of radiation from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now, many children will have to live with radiation threats for 10, 20 or 30 years from now.”

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