Japan’s prime minister is making a huge nuclear decision that will affect the entire world.
It’s a decision that will have consequences for the entire world: Japan has announced its plans to restart its nuclear reactors. Officials say this is necessary in order to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign energy sources, but many are concerned about the possibility of another nuclear disaster. So what does this mean for Japan – and for the rest of us?
Trending politics writes. Following the Fukushima disaster 10 years ago, Japan will restart more idled atomic plants and create cutting-edge reactors, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday.
The remarks from Kishida – who also said the public authority would take a shot at expanding the life expectancy of existing reactors – illustrate how Eastern Europe’s emergency and soaring energy costs have constrained both an adjustment of general assessment and a reconsideration of atomic power strategy.
Japan has put most of its nuclear plans on hold following the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
Al Jazeera writes. The government will consider all options related to nuclear power, according to Economy and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura. “All options must be explored to design a stable energy supply for our country,” he said. Following the Fukushima disaster, anti-nuclear sentiment and safety concerns rose sharply in Japan, but the government has pushed for a return to nuclear energy amid fears of power shortages.
After the Fukushima accident, most of Japan’s nuclear power plants were taken off line for safety checks. Fukushima Daiichi was damaged by a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, causing its three reactors to melt and contaminating the region with significant radiation fallouts.
Japan is turning back to nuclear power, and we all know what that means. Just kidding! Sort of. The country has been through a lot in the past 10 years, and it’s understandable that they would want to restart some of their idled plants. But with new, stricter safety standards in place, hopefully things will go a bit more smoothly this time around. We’ll be keeping an eye on things over here at Next News Network as Japan takes another shot at nuclear – let us know if you are too by tweeting us @NextNewsNetwork.