(Subscription Only) Title: Tokyo Ponders End to Nuclear Power
Source: Wall St. Journal
Author: MARI IWATA And TAKASHI MOCHIZUKI
Date: August 21, 2012, 11:48 a.m. ET
The Japanese government is likely to decide to eliminate all nuclear power over the next two decades in a new long-term energy plan that comes amid strong public opposition to atomic energy and ahead of national elections expected in the next few months, said government officials familiar with policy discussions.
While it had been widely expected to choose the middle option [reducing dependence to 15%], government officials said Tuesday that the council [set up by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda] is now most likely to select the zero-nuclear option. “Zero nuclear is our hope and goal,” one of the officials told Dow Jones Newswires. “We are moving toward it, and I don’t think others will be aggressively against it.”
The policy is seen as a way for Mr. Noda and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to soothe public opinion, which has been especially hostile since the enactment earlier this month of legislation to double the sales tax
(Subscription Only) Title: Noda to meet with antinuclear rally organizers Wed. afternoon
Date: Aug 21, 2012
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will meet Wednesday afternoon with organizers of the weekly antinuclear demonstrations outside his office, government officials and organizers said Tuesday.
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan will also attend the meeting between Noda and members of the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes at the premier’s office.
Published: August 21st, 2012 at 1:38 pm ET