4 Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:44

Disputing colleague, new Japan minister calls no-nukes policy 'unrealistic'

Japans Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Isshu Sugawara attends a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abes official residence in Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei KatoTOKYO (Reuters) - Ridding Japan of nuclear power completely is unrealistic, the new industry minister said on Thursday, toeing the government’s line but contradicting comments made a day earlier by the new environment minister.

“There are risks and fears about nuclear power,” industry and trade minister Isshu Sugawara told reporters a day after his appointment by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a cabinet reshuffle. “But ‘zero-nukes’ is, at the moment and in the future, not realistic,” he added.

The comments by Sugawara, himself formerly an anti-nuclear advocate, were at odds with those made by new environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi, who said on Wednesday he wanted Japan to close down nuclear reactors to avoid a repeat of the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011. Reporting by Ritsuko Shimizu; Writing by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by David DolanOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


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