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"Women more concerned about nuclear power than men"

August 27, 2012

 

Gov't explores opinion differences on nuclear power by age, gender

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120827p2g00m0dm086000c.html

 

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese public's opinion on nuclear power varies according to age and gender, the government reported Monday following its second meeting with a panel of energy policy experts.


In efforts to derive a new energy policy following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the government has held public hearings nationwide as they look at how they can reflect public opinion in Japan's energy policy.


Among those who attended the public hearings, a larger percentage of people in their teens and 20s preferred maintaining nuclear power's share of electricity generation at 20-25 percent in 2030 than those in other age groups.


While all age groups preferred reducing the nuclear share to zero by 2030, the idea of retaining some nuclear power generation appears to have gained a greater level of support from the teens and 20 year olds, who will form the core of the working generation in 2030. This is due to their concern that a sharp reduction in nuclear power would affect electricity fares and the stability of power supply, analysts said.


During the hearings, the government implemented a poll and solicited comments on three options it presented for nuclear energy's share of total electricity generation in 2030.


The three options are zero percent, 15 percent and 20-25 percent, compared with 26 percent in 2010.


The public hearing sessions showed that the percentage of people who prefer the 20-25 percent option stood at 18.7 percent among those in their teens and 20s, higher than 17.6 percent among those in their 40s and 50s and 15.2 percent of those in their 60s or older.


The government also said the surveys showed that women are more concerned about nuclear power than men, but that fewer women and young people utilized the opportunities to convey their opinions to the government, compared with men and older people.


The government will hold its third meeting with the experts Tuesday.

 

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