Supporters and protestors of nuclear power are up in arms over the Japanese government’s upcoming decision to create an energy mix in response to anti-nuclear protests; in doing so, pro-nuclear devotees were left dissatisfied. Energy policy continues to be a major issue in Japan and will have a negative critical impact on the election of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).
Kyodo news agency reported on Friday that the government’s latest proposal was based on the plan of reducing Japan’s use of nuclear power to 15% or less by the year 2030. This will be partly achieved by limiting existing nuclear reactors to a lifetime of 40 years or less of operation, and calling off all plans to construct new reactors from this point going forward. But Kyodo pointed out that the government’s plans gave no clear indication of when the use of nuclear power would be completely eliminated.
No matter what the government decides, this will have more influence on the political campaign between the DPJ and the conservative, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Both sides have provided a high range of reasons of why nuclear power is helpful or harmful. The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan stated on Thursday that future energy policy, including nuclear power, is vital for a resource poor country whereas Hisayo Takada of environmental group Greenpeace Japan proclaimed on Friday that extending the lifespans of reactors will create unnecessary risk for businesses, population, and the economy.
Both sides refuse to budge on their belief and thus the nuclear power debate remains at a standstill.
[via The Star]
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