06 Aug '11, 4am

Japan PM Kan in Hiroshima vows nuclear-free future

HIROSHIMA: Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Saturday renewed his pledge to help make Japan nuclear-free as Hiroshima marked the 66th anniversary of the US atomic bombing amid the Fukushima crisis. After the March 11 quake and tsunami triggered the nuclear accident that left radiation leaking into air, soil and sea, Kan said the country must reduce its reliance on atomic power with the goal of eventually becoming nuclear-free. "The large-scale, long-running nuclear accident has triggered radiation leakage, causing serious concerns not only in Japan but also in the world," Kan, in a black suit and tie, said at a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima's Peace Park. "I will reduce Japan's reliance on nuclear power, aiming at creating a society that will not rely on atomic power generation," he added. Hiroshima mayor Kazumi Matsui also called for the government to review the country...

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