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39% say Japan should “eliminate” nuclear power, 56% say “certain amount needed,” Mainichi poll

  • February 14, 2021
  • , Mainichi , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

By Nanae Ito

 

[The survey conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun and the Social Survey Research Center on Feb. 13, 2021, probed views on nuclear power.] When asked about Japan’s nuclear power policy, 39% of respondents said that “Japan should eliminate nuclear power,” 56% said “Japan needs a certain amount of nuclear power,” and 4% said “Japan should increase its nuclear power.”

 

The percentage of those saying Japan should eliminate nuclear power increased by age group, with 26% of those age 18 to 29, 30% of those in their 30s and 40s, 41% of those in their 50s and 60s, and 56% of those age 70 or older saying Japan “should eliminate nuclear power.”

 

The government has set the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The current Basic Energy Plan sets the goal of having nuclear power make up 20–22% of Japan’s energy mix in FY2030, and nuclear power plants are being restarted. Four nuclear power reactors—three operated by Kyushu Electric Power and one by Kansai Electric Power—are currently in operation.

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