Noda’s New Leaf Or Pandering Hollow Promises?

During the Hiroshima bombing anniversary memorials Prime Minister Noda made a series of sweeping statements.

Japan needs to teach younger generations about the horrors of nuclear weapons. He also says it is time for Japan to end its dependence on nuclear energy”

The government is determined to clean up districts contaminated in last year’s nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. He said the government will do all it can to rebuild infrastructure so that residents can return home as soon as possible.”

“He also pledged to stick to the country’s 3 principles of not allowing the production, possession and entry of nuclear arms into Japan.”

“Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says he’ll ask his ministers to clarify what issues lay ahead if the country should end its dependence on nuclear energy”

Noda also made these remarks:

“He said the government will reduce its dependency on nuclear energy and promote renewable energy over the long term so that people can feel more comfortable about the country’s energy mix.”

So will Noda follow through on these statements and actually change the official government stance on nuclear power? Or is this convenient pandering to the crowd at the Hiroshima observances? Possibly an effort to appease the growing protests against nuclear power in Japan without having to actually do anything?

The growing protests have put considerable pressure on the government. Attempts to appease the public by trotting out a 15% nuclear power energy mix option was done recently. Ozawa’s new break away party that tried to position themselves at anti-nuclear to the public later came out and stated they wish to phase out nuclear power within 10 years. Many promises, very little solid action.


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