8 Juillet 2014
July 7, 2014
Ex-PM Koizumi criticizes nuclear plants restart
Former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi has again criticized the Japanese government's plan to restart nuclear power plants.
The government will restart idled nuclear plants once their safety is confirmed by the Nuclear Regulation Authority. Koizumi condemned the policy in a speech in Tokyo on Monday, saying that it defies logic.
He said nuclear power is not safe, and that it is the most expensive form of power. Koizumi added that evacuation routes have not been secured, and anti-terrorism measures are insufficient.
Nuclear reactors in Japan currently remain idled following the March 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima.
Koizumi said the government maintains that the reactors will be restarted because new safety guidelines that have been drawn up are the strictest in the world. But he claims there is no way the plants can be restarted.
Koizumi also mentioned that it is unreasonable for the government to ask communities to create a disposal site for highly radioactive nuclear waste that is generated after restarting the reactors.
He said the government should instead ask the public to cooperate in exchange for ending its reliance on nuclear power.
Jul. 7, 2014 - Updated 10:33 UTC