Japan will continue using nuclear power, Noda tells UN


NEW YORK (majirox news) — Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said, “Japan is determined to raise the safety of nuclear power generation to the highest level in the world,” but did not touch on trying to reduce dependence on nuclear power generation during a speech to a UN high-level meeting on nuclear security here on Sept. 22.

Noda’s ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has made it a policy aim to reduce Japan’s dependence on nuclear power generation, but the prime minister did not mention this during his speech to world leaders.

Noda told the world body that “we are steadily moving closer to stable control of the accident” at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, pointing out that radiation being emitted by the leaking plant is now just one four-millionth of what it had been at its worst.

The prime minister also spoke about the planned establishment of a Nuclear Safety and Security Agency around April next year.

“By separating off the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, to accomplish the independence of nuclear regulation from promotion, for the purpose of centralizing the regulatory system and ensuring a thorough safety culture. We will also fundamentally reinforce nuclear safety regulations themselves,” Noda said.

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