” Former prime ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa will establish an antinuclear power forum in May to promote research into renewable power sources and support antinuclear candidates in elections, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.
The inauguration meeting will be held May 7, according to the sources.
Hosokawa, who was in power between August 1993 and April 1994, ran in the Tokyo gubernatorial election earlier this year with support from Koizumi on an antinuclear platform, but lost to Yoichi Masuzoe. Koizumi served as prime minister between April 2001 and September 2006.
The two are mulling supporting antinuclear candidates in the gubernatorial election this fall in Fukushima Prefecture, the home of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and next spring’s nationwide local elections, the sources said.
Among other founders of the forum are philosopher Takeshi Umehara and Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke, they said.