Minister says Japan must quickly phase out nuclear energy
Associated Press in Tokyo
Japan’s industry minister says the country must give up nuclear power plants as soon as possible because they pose too much risk for earthquake-prone areas.
Yukio Edano said last year’s meltdowns after a tsunami hit the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant showed that nuclear power’s cost is too high. He expressed the opinion in his new book of policy views that hit stores Saturday.
Japan’s government adopted a plan this month to phase-out nuclear energy by 2040. The plan leaves out many details unclear, including what to do with waste buildup or how best to promote green energy.
Edano also stressed the need to end the monopoly in the power industry to help promote renewable energy and speed up nuclear phase-out.