Ex-lead­ers join calls against nu­clear power

The Washington Times Daily - - Business - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports

TOKYO | Two of Ja­pan’s for­mer prime min­is­ters are adding their voices to calls for the coun­try to phase out nu­clear power fol­low­ing the Fukushima Dai-ichi dis­as­ter.

For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Ju­nichiro Koizumi said Tues­day that the cur­rent prime min­is­ter, Shinzo Abe, should use his pub­lic pop­u­lar­ity to “do the right thing.”

Mr. Koizumi said that with Ja­pan’s nu­clear plants all off­line for safety checks it would be eas­ier to be­gin the phase-out soon.

Mr. Abe fa­vors restart­ing the nu­clear plants un­der safety guide­lines re­vised af­ter the March 2011 melt­downs in Fukushima caused by the tsunami, con­tend­ing that Ja­pan can­not af­ford not to.

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