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15.08.2011 12:32
Japan Official Suggests Micro Nuclear Plan
Prime Minister Naoto Kan scrapped the previous strategy that called for a near doubling in nuclear power to more than 50% of Japan 's total electricity generation by 2030

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The Japanese minister in charge of national strategy said a new generation of smaller nuclear reactors might be the answer for a country traumatized by the March Fukushima Daiichi crisis, at a time when much of the nation is looking toward a nuclear-free future.
National Policy Minister Koichiro Gemba - who is responsible for helping to craft energy policy - said that despite the bitterness following the accident at the nuclear power plant, Japan should consider the use of what are known as microreactors, as a way to help bridge the electricity shortages that plague the industrial sector, the Wall Street Journal reported.
"The development of microreactors isn't incompatible with the goal of achieving a more distributed power supply," Gemba said in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal.
His push for smaller reactors comes as Japan grapples with the realities of Prime Minister Naoto Kan's antinuclear statements. Kan scrapped the previous strategy that called for a near doubling in nuclear power to more than 50% of Japan 's total electricity generation by 2030.

TAGS: Japan | nuclear crisis | micro nuclear power plants | energy strategy | Naoto Kan | Fukushima 

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