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Japan decides to stick with nuke power

world Updated: May 10, 2011 00:15 IST
Martin Fackler

Japan remains committed to nuclear power despite the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Prime Minister Naoto Kan indicated on Sunday, as workers moved closer to repairing the crippled plant by opening the doors of a damaged reactor building.

The move is intended to air out the building that houses Reactor No 1 to ensure that radiation levels are low enough to allow workers to enter. The company has said it will take at least six months to stabilise the plant, in which three of six reactors were damaged by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami.

Despite the crisis in Japan, Kan indicated Sunday that his government was not rethinking the nation’s energy policy. Kan told reporters on Sunday that he would not seek to close any more of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors aside from the Hamaoka plant which was “a special case”. NYT

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