13 Sep '11, 7am

Japan PM pledges to reduce nuclear dependency

TOKYO: Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Tuesday pledged to draw up a new energy policy "by summer" 2012 but stopped short of ruling out the future use of nuclear power following the Fukushima disaster. He added that Japan should take the opportunity to show the world a cutting edge model of energy saving and deployment of renewable energy. "We should aim to reduce our dependence on nuclear power as much as possible over the medium- and long-terms," Noda said in a broad-brush policy speech to parliament, his first after becoming premier two weeks ago. However, he did not rule out future use of nuclear power - something his unpopular predecessor Naoto Kan had aimed to do - and said reactors that are currently offline for maintenance would be restarted. "It is unproductive to think only in the dichotomy of getting rid of nuclear power generation and promotion of it," ...

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