(TOKYO) -- Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced that Japan will scrap plans to build new nuclear reactors, following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant. The country’s energy policy called for 14 new reactors to be built by 2030 and increasing to 50 percent, the share of nuclear power in Japan’s electricity supply. Now Kan says the country needs to “start from scratch.”
His announcement comes days after cabinet officials said they were “sticking to nuclear power,” and just one day after the operator of another nuclear plant, Hamaoka, announced they would halt operations amid concerns about the plant’s ability to withstand a large earthquake and tsunami. Hamaoka sits on a major fault line, where seismologists predict a magnitude 8.0 quake will hit in the next 30 years.
Kan’s latest decision comes as he faces mounting criticism over his handling of the Fukushima crises.
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