koizumivia Japan Today / November 5, 2013 /

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has defended his about-face on nuclear power. Speaking in Yokohama on Monday, Koizumi shrugged off criticism that he had changed his stance on the issue of Japan’s reliance on nuclear power.

The furor started on Oct 20 when Koizumi—who has retired from politics—gave a speech in Chiba Prefecture, in which he said that Japan should rid itself of nuclear power, although he had pushed ahead with nuclear power while in office.

His speech ruffled feathers within the ruling Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP). Both Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari dismissed Koizumi’s comments as being just those of a private citizen.

In his Yokohama speech, Koizumi said: “I now realize that my former stance was irresponsible and not in Japan’s best interests,” Fuji TV reported. Koizumi said he had been overly optimistic for believing that not only can Japan continue using nuclear power, but it simply must. But now, he said, “there is nothing wrong with a person changing his views.”

Koizumi said “considering all that has happened, and with plans to deal with no plans to deal the spent nuclear fuel rods at the Fukushima plant, we must work toward a future without nuclear power. Renewable energy is the way to go for Japan.”


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  1. High thyroid cancer rates detected in Fukushima children
    November 5, 2013 ABC News
    Before the nuclear meltdowns, health authorities estimated thyroid cancer rates among Fukushima’s children at between one and two cases in every million.
    Since the disaster the Fukushima local government has carried out a large-scale screening program and with about 200,000 children tested, there have been 18 confirmed cases of thyroid cancer and 25 more suspected cases – an unexpectedly high rate.
    And it’s not just the thyroid data that has been kept secret, so too were the initial meetings of the Fukushima panel charged with screening the region’s children.

  2. Here is a brave man.

    Dear former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi…. Thank You.

  3. kooks & nukes. bad omen,
    Forgive them lord god creator, for they know not: ,do the math
    But can not get rid of it.

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