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PM Suga stresses “difficulty” of eliminating nuclear power

  • March 4, 2021
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

On Mar. 3, the Upper House Budget Committee began deliberations on proposed budgets for fiscal 2021. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and all of his Cabinet ministers were present and responded to Diet interpellations.


On the resumption of operations at nuclear power plants, PM Suga stressed that “we will move ahead with the restart of nuclear reactors with the understanding of local communities and only when the Nuclear Regulatory Authority has screened the power facilities and found that they meet the world’s most stringent criteria.”


During interpellations, lawmakers discussed the government’s nuclear power policies as the country prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake on Mar. 11. Asked by Yuko Mori of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan for his stance on “eliminating nuclear power generation,” PM Suga said that “when we think about climate change issues and higher electricity bills in our resource-scare country, it is extremely difficult to implement effective policies without including nuclear power.” 


PM Suga also emphasized that “we need to discuss all options, which include nuclear power as well as energy conservation and renewable energy,” to achieve our net-zero greenhouse emission target. (Abridged)

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