POINT OF VIEW/ Hirohito Ono: We cannot allow return to nuclear power without proper debate — The Asahi Shimbun

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“The Abe administration is leaning toward the resumption of operations at nuclear reactors. And it still insists on pushing through with the troubled nuclear fuel recycling program. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited India, Turkey and central Europe with a sales pitch for Japan’s nuclear power technology.

The LDP’s Upper House campaign platform contains no mention of moving away from a dependence on nuclear energy. Instead, it calls for making the utmost effort to gain the understanding of local communities in preparation for bringing idle reactors online.

This gives the impression that the Abe administration is seeking nothing less than the return of an economic and social structure dependent on nuclear power. … “