Japan should aim at society not dependent on nuclear: PM

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 2:27am

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Wednesday the Fukushima nuclear crisis had convinced him that Japan should aim at a society that does not depend on nuclear energy and eventually has no atomic plants.

The unpopular leader denied he was considering calling a snap election over energy policy and sidestepped a question on when he would keep a promise to step down, saying he wanted to do his best to work on nuclear policy and rebuild the country from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.

"Given the enormity of the risks associated with nuclear power generation, I have realized nuclear technology is not something that can be managed by conventional safety measures alone," Kan told a news conference.



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