Most Japanese are not radical about nuclear phase out – poll

8 years ago by in Featured, Japan

Nearly 80 percent of Japanese are more or less in favor of phasing out nuclear energy from the country, but the general opinion is that this should not be done radically, according to a poll by Japan Association for Public Opinion Research.

About 69 percent of those interviewed agree that some nuclear reactors should be restarted so that the country has enough power, the poll showed. Only 28 percent opposed completely even a temporary restart of some reactors.

The results of this poll, published by the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper, are in contrast with another poll in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper last week, where 57 percent of the people said they opposed restarting reactors.

Currently, only two of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors are in operation, but they are scheduled to be shutdown by May.

If no reactors will resume activity before summer, the country could face a 10 percent energy shortage during peak hours in summer, according to trade minister Yukio Edano.