Skip to comments.Japanese PM Abe says he disagrees with Koizumi's nuclear power stance [to close plants]
Posted on 12/22/2013 7:32:40 AM PST by DeaconBenjamin
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said he did not agree with former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumis view that Japan should phase out its reliance on nuclear power.
Koizumi, who supported nuclear power when he was prime minister, has made speeches in which he said Abe should take advantage of his high public support and sway in the Diet to do the right thing.
Prime Minister Abe should use the power given to him to do what the majority of the people want, and phase out nuclear power, Koizumi said. he said that with Japans nuclear plants all offline for safety checks, it would be easiest to begin the phase-out soon.
But Abe said on a TV program that nuclear power is needed to provide a stable and cheap supply of electricity. He favors restarting the nuclear plants under safety guidelines revised after multiple meltdowns in Fukushima following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Koizumi has also stated his concern over nuclear waste disposal, especially in a densely populated, land-scarce country like Japan.
Japan should phase out their uranium-fueled reactors and eventually replace them with molten-salt reactors that use thorium-232 dissolved in molten sodium fluoride salts as fuel. They’re vastly safer than uranium-fueled reactors and the radioacative waste generated is very small in amount and only has a radioactive half-life of around 300 years—e.g., cheap waste disposal, if the nuclear medicine industry doesn’t grab it first!