Japan plans to develop new nuclear reactors

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday he has asked his government to consider developing safer and smaller nuclear reactors, signaling renewed interest in nuclear power years later. the closure of many power plants in the country.

Kishida made the comment during a ‘green transformation’ conference on boosting the country’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Japan has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Anti-nuclear sentiment and security concerns have risen sharply…

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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday he has asked his government to consider developing safer and smaller nuclear reactors, signaling renewed interest in nuclear power years later. the closure of many power plants in the country.

Kishida made the comment during a ‘green transformation’ conference on boosting the country’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Japan has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Anti-nuclear sentiment and security concerns rose sharply in Japan after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, but the government pushed for a return to nuclear power amid fears of power shortages following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a global push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. .

The government, however, had previously insisted it had no plans to build new plants or replace aging reactors. Kishida’s comment on Wednesday represents a sea change from that position.

Most Japanese nuclear power plants were taken out of service following the Fukushima accident for safety checks under tightened standards.

The government has already announced its intention to restart up to nine reactors by winter to deal with the energy crisis. It aims to restart seven more reactors by next summer and extend the operational life of aging reactors.

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