While the Japanese public increases its outcry against the government’s continued use of nuclear power, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda stated on Monday that he and his Cabinet would look into what challenges would be involved in completely ending the country’s reliance on nuclear power. However, when speaking at the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, Noda also commented that he would not promise to “zero reliance” on nuclear power an end goal, essentially saying that he’ll look into it, but isn’t going to do anything to make it a reality.
Prime Minister Noda said that in order to further the discussion about what Japan’s energy policy should be in the future, it would be important to include the possibility of zero use of nuclear power, as well as the problems that would come along with it. The government has presented three different options of what Japan’s nuclear reliance could be by the year 2030, gathering responses from various citizens groups. The first option is to have 20-25% of Japan’s energy come from nuclear power by the target year of 2030, slightly less than the roughly 30% that was used before the Fukushima disaster. The second is a 15% dependency, and the third is zero. Not surprisingly, with the anti-nuclear sentiment among the public the strongest it’s ever been, the third option is the most popular thus far.
The Prime Ministers Cabinet is expected to state their decision on what Japan’s energy policy will be before the end of this month. Noda has said that it’s important to have thorough discussions on the matter, but they cannot go on forever, there must be an end point with a decision made. While that is certainly understandable, it remains to be seen how much of the public’s desires will be included in that decision.
[via NBC News]