Abe Stacks Deck To Obtain Nuclear Restarts

PM Abe tossed out six panel members with anti-nuclear views from the government’s energy policy advisory council in mid March 2013. He replaced them with 10 new appointees.

Now about 2 weeks later that council has declared that the early restart of idled nuclear reactors should be done despite continued public resistance. The council appears to be heavily populated by representatives from various industrial sectors in Japan. There has been a divide since the March 2011 disaster between certain large industry sectors and the public along with other business sectors. The large industry sectors that are also the heavy power consumers want reactors restarted and appear intent on doing so over the protests of everyone else.

One of the committee members pushing for reactor restarts is Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Toray Industries Inc. Toray Industries is mostly a chemical company. Chemical companies are high on the lists of big energy consumers.

Akio Mamura, head of the committee is the head of Nippon Steel. The steel industry in Japan is also a large consumer of electricity.


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