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Ex-PM Kan criticizes govt. energy plan (NHK)

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan has criticized the draft of a general energy plan submitted by the Liberal Democrat-led government. He says it aims for increased use of nuclear power.

Former PM, Mr. Kan criticized present government's new energy policy which playing a bigger role in nuclear energy.

Former PM, Mr. Kan criticized present government’s new energy policy which playing a bigger role in nuclear energy.

Speaking at a Lower House subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, Kan said in places the document calls for minimizing reliance on nuclear power. But when read as a whole, it aims for the exact opposite.

Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi refuted the claim, describing the draft as balanced and practical.

Kan also said support for nuclear fuel recycling in the draft shows the government learned nothing from the accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Motegi said there are no grounds for criticism, as the government is playing a bigger role in nuclear fuel recycling.

After the meeting, Kan told reporters that his Democratic Party-led administration shifted its nuclear energy policy after he felt remorse for never doubting the safety of nuclear plants until the Fukushima accident.

He accused the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of trying to turn back the clock on nuclear energy policy to pre-March 2011

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html

 

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