Local Governments Vs. The Nuclear Village ... vs

June 2013
Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus;6/24/2013, Vol. 11 Issue 25, p3
The authors examine the Japanese local governments' resistance against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic revival plan using nuclear power at home and selling nuclear technology abroad. Results of a survey showed that 58 percent of voters opposed Abe's nuclear plans while 28 percent believed that the government should push through with restarts. However, Liberal Democrats, the most pro-nuclear among major political parties, won by landslide the December 2012 election and Abe maintained a high approval rating of 60.1 percent. An overview of the "Asahi Shimbun" newspaper's article on the continuous resistance to nuclear restarts at the local level is given.


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