Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that the government will give the OK for nuclear reactors to be restarted if their safety is assured.
In a policy speech in the Diet, Abe said the government must learn the lessons of the Fukushima disaster, Fuji TV reported. He said that the government will never compromise on safety but added that if the Nuclear Regulation Authority judges that nuclear reactors meet safety standards, then they can be restarted.
The previous Democratic Party of Japan government’s decision last June to restart two reactors in Fukui Prefecture galvanized the country’s previously dormant anti-nuclear movement, sparking the biggest demonstrations in decades and contributing to its downfall in elections in December.
Media surveys have shown a majority of Japanese want to abandon nuclear energy by 2030, if not sooner, making the decision to restart even reactors deemed safe a risky proposition for the new Liberal Democratic Party government.
Abe said in his speech that his government would work to maximize the use of renewable energy in the long term, Fuji reported.