Sunday, November 18, 2012

Japan's Restoration Party Weakens Anti-Nuclear Power Stance

ANALYSIS: Merger forces Japan Restoration Party to drop major policy stances November 19, 2012 http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201211190003

[Excerpted] In the rush to form a stronger political party with a Lower House election less than a month away, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s Japan Restoration Party considerably weakened its anti-nuclear power stance.

In announcing on Nov. 17 that his Japan Restoration Party would join forces with former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara’s new Sunrise Party, Hashimoto explained why their agreement did not include wording to eliminate all nuclear plants by the 2030s.

“The first thing is to create rules and that will be followed by minor adjustments,” Hashimoto said at a joint news conference. “In order to have Ishihara become the head of the new party, we did not clearly state ‘zero’ nuclear energy.”

Majia here: This is unfortunate news. What's driving it? The answer is simple:

TEPCO says it will see no profit without nuke plant restarts http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211100044

   

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