Kan pushes antinuclear stance

8 years ago by in Japan Archives

Prime minister Naoto Kan, the man who attracted like a magnet most of the public criticism for the lack of leadership showed by the authorities after the natural disasters hit Japan, continues to brand himself as the “nuclear reformer” of the country.

He was spotted by reporters at a Tokyo bookstore on Thursday while purchasing five books related to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident and other nuclear energy topics.

Kan told the reporters that the books would be his autumn reading material. The books deal with radiation issues and the Fukushima accident, while one is a personal story told by a former mayor of Fukushima.

Naoto Kan has taken on the assignment of communicating to the Japanese people that the country should gradually phase out nuclear power, riding on polls’ results which show an increasing popular support for such a strategy. He was however not backed-up by too many politicians, including those from his own party, mainly because of his decreasing popularity.

A poll released by Kyodo News on Sunday showed the prime minister’s approval rating now stands at 15.8 percent, a new low.

Japanese press has been reporting that Kan may be interested to begin a career in antinuclear lobbying after he will resign as a prime minister.

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