Japanese government unable to persuade citizens of necessity of nuclear energy says former prime minister

File photo of an aerial view showing TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its contaminated water storage tanks in Fukushima

An opinion poll conducted by NHK of Japan, found that nearly half of those responding were against the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s plan to allow the restart of shut down nuclear reactors after safety checks.  Only 19% of responders approved of the plan, 32% were undecided, and 45% were against it.

Another question asked if responders approved or disapproved of the handling of the leaks of radioactive wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.  68% of responders said they disapproved, only 27% approved.

On Wednesday, Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi gave a lecture east of Tokyo in which he claimed that the citizens of Japan would not approve of a pro-nuclear power policy by the central government.  Koizumi added that the government could not persuade people that nuclear power plants are necessary, advising rather that the government keep its proposal to abandon nuclear energy.

Source: NHK

Source: JiJi Press

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