Ex-leaders join calls against nuclear power
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.