74% want to take time to reduce nuclear power, survey says


TOKYO (majirox news) — Japan should reduce its nuclear power over time according to almost three-quarters of respondents to a Mainichi newspaper poll released Aug. 22, significantly exceeding the 11% who want to immediately do away with it.

In contrast to the 74% seeking gradual reduction of nuclear power, only 13% see no need to end Japan’s dependence on nuclear power generation.

Radiation from the leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was also a concern for those polled over the weekend, with 71% worried either significantly or to a certain degree about food being contaminated, as opposed to the 23% who are only slightly concerned and 4% who are not bothered at all.

The same poll by the national daily found 56% oppose increasing the consumption tax to pay for social welfare and recovery from the March 11 disasters, against 41% who agree to increasing the levy from its current 5%.

The same survey also found support for Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Cabinet dropped to just 15%, four percentage points lower than July and the lowest-ever since the Democratic Party of Japan won government in September 2009

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2 Responses to 74% want to take time to reduce nuclear power, survey says

  1. tomu on 08/22/2011 at 12:45 pm

    It is interesting that only 13% said no need to end nuclear generation because I think they are getting some benefit from the nuclear industries.

  2. Hugh Ashton on 08/24/2011 at 9:09 am

    That headline seems to place emphasis on the gradual nature of the desired pulldown, rather than on the wishes of the majority. There are so many ways this could be headlined, though:

    “Three-quarters of Japan want to see an end to reliance on nukes”

    “Most Japanese don’t want to see an end to nuclear power just yet”

    “Only 11% want ‘No Nukes Now!’”

    “Just 13% of Japan sees no problem with nuclear power”

    “Nuclear fears trigger overwhelming support for dismantling atomic energy policy”

    Ah, headlines…!

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