Thursday, March 13, 2014

Massive Mandate: Japan Very Loudly Says No to Nuclear

03.10.14 - 9:30 AM


by Abby Zimet

On the eve of the anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and in the wake of widespread protests to block (clearly insane) government attempts to reopen nuclear plants, the results of a new survey show almost all Japanese remain scared of and opposed to nuclear power: An overwhelming 95% are worried about the current toxic situation, with its slow decontamination process and ongoing leaks; 87% are scared of another disaster; 80% want to scap some or all of the country's existing reactors, with the only division of opinion how to deal with the idle plants. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants to restart reactors "confirmed safe by strict standards introduced by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, while winning local people's understanding."