Thursday, September 01, 2011

Japan PM Naoto Kan brings his nuclear-free vision in Hiroshima

Thursday, September 01, 2011

HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Saturday took his campaign against nuclear energy in Japan to Hiroshima the 66 years ago which was a world's first victim of the atomic bomb.

The pen in a country that has until now carefully avoided, their fast link growing, and now nuclear power industry to his trauma as the only country discredited, with atomic bombs, has been invaded, it designates a change.

Kan, being reviewed at an anniversary ceremony for the victims of the bomb on Hiroshima, that the world's worst nuclear crisis during 25 years in Fukushima a post-earthquake March him convinced that Japan its dependence on nuclear power is to end.

The damage from the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami at the nuclear power station Fukushima, the authorities still trying to contain, led to widespread calls for an end to dependency of nuclear reactors in the quake-prone country.

"I will nuclear power"Myth of security"think deeply about study thoroughly the causes of the accident and fundamental measures for safe security, as well as and reduce dependence on nuclear power plants and aim for a society that does not depend on nuclear power plants," Kan said.

Kazumi Matsui, Hiroshima of's Mayor, and the son be of an atomic bomb of survivor, also pressed Tokyo, after the Fukushima crisis traumatize the public.

"The Japanese Government should sincerely accept this reality and quickly check its energy policy", he said.

It was observed for decades, politics had consulted all the Mayor of Hiroshima Japan the development of nuclear energy during the annual ceremony, in which tens of thousands a minute of silence as the peace Bell meant the first time.

Matsui said, it was heartbreaking to see devastation left by 11 March earthquake and tsunami on the northeast coast and how it was similar to, what was left after the bombing of Hiroshima.

A U.S. warplane the atomic bomb "Little Boy", with the nickname of this Western City on 6 August 1945 are deleted in the last days of World War II. The number of casualties by the end of the year were approximately 140,000 of total estimated 350,000 lived there at the time.

The United States dropped a second atomic bomb on the southern town Nagasaki on Aug 9. Japan surrendered six days later.


Japan has a self-imposed ban against nuclear weapons, part of its pacifist post-war Constitution.

But also many Atom groups were you not draw parallels between happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and threats by the peacetime use of nuclear reactors.

Before the crisis of Fukushima nuclear energy were almost one-third of Japan's energy supply. Hiroshima, an industrial city 1.2 million, had also for decades utility company Chugoku electric Shimane nuclear power plant, 600 km (370 km) West of Tokyo, for some of the electricity invoke.

But since 11 March Quake and tsunami radiation leaks in the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Fukushima plant 240 km (150 miles) northeast of Tokyo trigger, public mood has moved to.

"We still not so deeply about it previously thought." "But I think it (nuclear power plant) is not so different from the atomic bomb", said Michiko Kato, 73-year-old of survivor who lost her sister, the bomb.

"There is nothing made by people, which is ideal..." "I want to use something like this."

About a thousand demonstrators marched after the ceremony, holding banners saying: "No more Fukushima, no more Hiroshima."

Unpopular kan, who said that he when will retire without clarification, seized the shift in public sentiment and calls for a revision of Japan's energy policy. Over 70 percent of the voters again his vision a recent survey showed.

But it remains unclear what will happen to his vision after he comes back. Support rating for Kan is under 20 percent and calls between the legislators and the public for him to grow quickly.

Local communities are carefully down reactors when for regular maintenance and inspections, despite fears deficiency makes, and all 54 could be shut down Japan's nuclear reactors until may 2012.

(Writing and additional reporting by Yoko Kubota;) (Editing by Tomasz Janowski and Jonathan Thatcher)

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