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Prime minister has called for restart of more reactors The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan before the March 2011 accident. In a first for Japan since the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident in 2011, public support for a nuclear restart is now at more than 60%, said a former executive director of the International Energy Agency.

CNBC reported that Nobuo Tanaka attributed that to the possibility of “serious problems by the end of this year” if Japan does not have nuclear power.

He added that Japan wants to secure energy supplies but also work toward reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, and striking that balance could prove increasingly challenging.

“Japanese public support is more than 60%, and it was the first time ever that support of nuclear power is starting to come over 50% after the Fukushima accident,” Mr Tanaka said. Mr Tanaka, now the chair of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum, was speaking at the 2022 Global Supertrends Conference.

There have been reservations among the Japanese public over the use of nuclear energy, particularly when it comes to the issue of safety, but Mr Tanaka said the future of nuclear power is now safer, and stressed the importance of minimising risk and maintaining “peaceful use”.

Date: Saturday, 20 August 2022
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