Title: URGENT: Japan targets phasing out nuclear power in 2030s
Date: Sept. 14
Japan decided Friday to seek to phase out nuclear power completely in the 2030s against the backdrop of heightened public concern over atomic safety following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The decision, reached at a ministerial meeting, marks a major policy shift for the country, which had planned to boost the role of nuclear energy before the nuclear accident triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March last year.
Title: Japan targets phasing out nuclear power by 2030s
Date: Sept. 14
Japan will seek to phase out nuclear power completely by the 2030s, the government decided Friday, approving a massive shift in national energy policy 18 months after the Fukushima Daiichi plant disaster spurred very strong public opposition to nuclear power in this earthquake-prone nation.
The target means the world’s third-largest industrial economy has set a goal of eliminating an energy source that prior to the March 2011 Fukushima disaster provided almost a third of Japan’s electricity.
Under the new energy policy, the government will aim to achieve the zero nuclear goal by not allowing utilities to build new reactors and limiting the operation of existing reactors to 40 years.
Title: Japan Will Try to Halt Nuclear Power by the End of the 2030s
Source: NY Times
Author: HIROKO TABUCHI
Published: September 14, 2012
Critics blasted the strategy as too vague and long term to have meaning.
“It’s trickery with words and numbers,” said Tetsunari Iida, director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, a research group based in Tokyo. “The zero number might be symbolic politically, but in reality, it holds little meaning.”
“How is the government going to push through reactor restarts when there’s still so much opposition? It has no clue what to do next month, never mind by the 2030s,” he said.
“They’re ignoring the terror that many of us feel toward nuclear power,” said Kumi Tomiyasu, an employee at a Tokyo-based printing company who attended a rally in front of Mr. Noda’s office on Friday. “By sticking with nuclear for so long, the government has put the interests of power companies and big business above those of the Japanese people.”
Title: Japan set to reject nuclear
Source: The Australian
Author: Rick Wallace
Date: September 15, 2012 12:00AM
doubts persist over the effectiveness of the plan and whether it will be enacted.
Japan-watcher Richard Katz, who publishes the Oriental Economist Alert, said it was “an election commercial, not an energy plan” and a “desperate gamble” by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to cut its electoral losses.
He said if the final plan was as expected – where reactors older than 40 years would be shut down and no new ones built – it would take until 2050 to reach zero.
Published: September 14th, 2012 at 10:28 am ET
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