Japan’s electric power industry has been urging legislators to support the construction of new nuclear power plants. The Federation of Electric Power Companies was said to be talking to members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to campaign for a return to the use of nuclear energy.
The LDP has recently conducted a survey among its members to gather data on what must be included in a new national energy plan that they are working on. The FEDC was said to have provided the LDP with leaflets that clarify the importance of using nuclear energy, as it adheres to the basic policy of supply and demand of electricity. They also included “model answers” that support nuclear energy to survey questions. The document provided to the LDP members outlines the need to restart existing nuclear reactors in contrast with the use of fossil fuel that is more expensive. LDP Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba said, “Lawmakers are independently responding to the poll.” While no mention if all members of the LDP were furnished with the document, it is believed that the FEPC approached those who seem to favor the use of nuclear energy, while not totally disregarding those who are in favor of gradually decreasing the country’s dependence on it.
Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s partiality to the use of nuclear energy, he has already announced that his administration has no plans of building new nuclear power plants. A large portion of the Japanese public remains strongly against a return to nuclear energy, especially as the nation is still struggling to clean up the mess from the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
[via Global Post]