“I will reduce Japan’s reliance on nuclear power, aiming at creating a society that will not rely on nuclear power generation,” told the roughly 50,000 assembled in the Hiroshima Peace Park located at the epicenter of the bomb that hit the city on Aug. 6, 1945.
Kan’s statement came about because of the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which continues to leak radiation, with deadly levels of radiation detected there earlier this week.
“The large-scale, long-running nuclear accident has triggered radiation leakage, causing serious concerns not only in Japan but also in the world,” Kan said.
The March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered the ongoing nuclear crisis, which has leaked radiation and forced tens of thousands to leave their homes, leading to rising public frustration. Kan’s Cabinet is one of the most unpopular in Japanese political history and he is under increasing pressure to resign.