IPS: Japan Veers Away from Nuclear Energy

Japan Veers Away from Nuclear Energy
By Suvendrini Kakuchi

TOKYO, May 11, 2011 (IPS) – Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s decision to stop the building of new nuclear power plants and explore solar and wind energy signals a drastic turn in Japan’s energy policy that has brought a sigh of relief to wary scientists, anti-nuclear groups and an increasingly anxious public.

Kan also announced Tuesday the shutting down of the reactors at the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant in Shizuoka prefecture 200 kilometres north of the capital Tokyo, which scientists predict to be due for a massive earthquake. Reactors 1 and 2 have already been closed for repairs.

“The burning issue in Japan is how to deal with nuclear energy, which is now a major source and therefore pits economic interests over safety,” said Hiroaki Koide, a professor at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute. “The decision by Kan to suspend Hamaoka sends a critical message towards change.”

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In the article, Hiroaki Koide is mentioned as a professor at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, but actually he is an assistant professor. It is said that he has not been promoted to a higher position because he is one of few nuclear scientists who are outspoken critics against nuclear power plants.


2 thoughts on “IPS: Japan Veers Away from Nuclear Energy

  1. HORACIO says:

    Hello i am Horacio….desuka…..i am ready for doing an help my brother from all Japan please let me help i wort for NISSAN in Mexico from 1965 to 1968 I have a lot of Japanse friends……now i am enginieer…please i want to help ,,,,Gd`s Bless and Protect to all my Brother and Sisters from JAPAN….YOUR BROTHER…HORACIO

    • OdC says:

      Hola Horacio! Gracias para su comentario. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information at this moment. When I find something you can do as an engineer, I’ll certainly let you know.

      If anyone has any info, please write a comment or contact me directly.

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