Japan to Build 30 Nuclear Power Plants by 2030?

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday suggested a possibility of shelving the government’s target of building at least 14 new nuclear reactors by 2030, due to an ongoing radiation crisis involving a nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan.

In talks with Japanese Communist Party leader Kazuo Shii, Kan said that the government will review or shelve the target, according to Shii, who was briefing reporters on the meeting.

In its basic energy policy adopted in June last year, the government clarified its stance of promoting nuclear power generation in order to help curb carbon dioxide emissions.

If the target is reviewed, Japan will need to drastically overhaul its energy policy.

Such a move would also affect Japan’s plans to boost exports of its nuclear power generation technologies, a pillar in the government’s new growth strategy also drawn up in June 2010. – Jiji Press

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