Despite losing his Tokyo gubernatorial bid on an anti-nuclear platform, ex-Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa is once again teaming up with another former Premier, the ever-popular Junichiro Koizumi, to continue their fight against the use of nuclear technology. The two former leaders have established a nonprofit organization, which will promote anti-nuclear programs.
Hosokawa hopes to end nuclear use as the country continues to recover from the Fukushima disaster three years ago. “I want to support efforts to build the local economy without reliance on nuclear power,” he said. The new association will focus on using alternative and renewable sources of energy, opposing the restart of idle reactors and pushing candidates to run against pro-nuclear politicians. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration, along with Japan’s ruling coalition, recently released a new energy policy, which indicates the use of nuclear power as an important source. An official from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party expressed no concern over the team up, saying, “They no longer have any clout to significantly sway public opinion.”
Hosokawa placed third in the recent Tokyo elections and has since met with Koizumi to launch their anti-nuclear campaign. Philosopher Takeshi Umehara and Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke are among those mentioned to support the group along with actress Sayuri Yoshinaga. Hosokawa and Koizumi are set to hold town meetings to open debate on the restart of the idle nuclear reactors. They also plan to field a candidate against the one LDP will support in the Fukushima gubernatorial elections on a platform that would push for the end of nuclear power use.
[via Asahi Shimbun]