Japan will continue to use nuclear power despite the ongoing crisis caused by radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, a top official has said.
The power plant was crippled after a magnitude-9 earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit Japan in March.
"Our energy policy is to stick to nuclear power," deputy chief cabinet secretary Yoshito Sengoku said on a weekly talk show on public broadcaster NHK.
Sengoku said the government had no plans to halt activity at nuclear reactors except at three in the Hamaoka power plant in central Japan over safety concerns.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the government decided to shut down the three reactors at the Hamaoka plant due to risk of a massive earthquake on the Pacific side.
The government has begun a review of the safety of 54 nuclear reactors in the country.