Sunday, June 2, 2013

Abe Wants to Intensify Efforts to Restart Nuclear Plants



Fujita, Tomoya (31 May 2013) Abe to intensify efforts to restart nuclear power plants May 31, 2013 http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201305310087

[Excerpted] Score a victory for Japan's powerful business lobby. Despite deep-rooted public distrust of nuclear power generation in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the Abe administration is set to push restarts of idled nuclear reactors as an integral engine of policy to spur economic growth.

The Asahi Shimbun obtained a copy of the government's draft growth strategy that is expected to win Cabinet approval as early as June 14.
...Business groups have been pressing the government to seize the nuclear initiative because of the humongous financial battering Japan has absorbed as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

...The draft also stresses that an increase in electricity rates as a result of ballooning fossil fuel costs...

...The draft also states that the government will restart reactors whose safety was cleared by the NSA...

...Abe reiterated his resolve on restarts at an Upper House Budget Committee session on May 15, saying, "We want to achieve (reactor restarts) at the earliest possible time."
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Majia here: Who bears these risks?



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