Rising Support for Nuclear Power Will Help, but Won’t Ensure, Japan Hits Its Climate Goals
MIN READApr 6, 2022 | 19:22 GMT
Reactor buildings and water storage tanks are seen at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan, on March 5, 2022 -- nearly 11 years after a massive earthquake caused a devastating meltdown at the plant.
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Rising popular support for nuclear energy will make it politically easier for Japan to restart some of its reactors, but Tokyo will nonetheless struggle to hit its nuclear power-related goals in its climate and energy strategies. A poll released in March by the Japanese outlet Nikkei found that 53% of respondents supported restarting nuclear power plants, compared with 44% in a similar poll released in September. Nikkei has carried out the poll semiannually since 2011 and the March 2022 poll was the first to find a majority supporting restarting nuclear reactors. ...