16 Juin 2013
June 16, 2013
Nearly 60 percent of the public oppose the government’s move to promote the export of Japan’s nuclear technologies and expertise, a new opinion poll has revealed.
Some 58.3 percent of respondents disapproved of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s nuclear export policy, against 24.0 percent who declared themselves in favor, according to the survey conducted by Jiji Press.
At a meeting in Tokyo on June 7, Abe agreed with French President Francois Hollande to cooperate in expanding sales of nuclear power plant equipment and technologies to other countries.
But the survey found that concerns about the safety of atomic energy remain strong among the public, more than two years after the March 2011 meltdowns struck the Fukushima No. 1 power station.
Even among supporters of Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, those opposed to the policy exceeded those who backed it by 43.2 percent to 40.4 percent, the findings showed.
Among backers of the Democratic Party of Japan, the largest opposition force in the Diet, 76.1 percent said they are against the move by Abe’s government. And 50.0 percent of supporters of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) said they opposed the policy, exceeding the 45.5 percent who backed it.
The four-day survey was conducted through Monday on 2,000 adults nationwide and received 1,304 valid responses.