Japan’s government should take control of nuclear power plants to achieve its goal of phasing out atomic power over the next three decades, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano wrote in a book published today.
Japan’s trade and industry minister Yukio Edano said he doubts the strong yen reflects the country’s economic fundamentals. He was commenting at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan today in Tokyo.
Japanese Trade Minister Yukio Edano said none of the nation’s nuclear reactors will be in operation starting May 6 after Hokkaido Electric Power Co. suspends the No. 3 reactor at its Tomari plant on May 5, Kyodo News reported.
Japan’s government will consider taking control of the country’s atomic power stations unless private utilities assume more responsibility for the risks involved in their operations, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, citing Trade and Industry minister Yukio Edano.
Japan’s point man on nuclear energy visited regional officials this weekend to say reactors are safe to operate, less than three weeks before the nation’s sole nuclear plant still running closes for maintenance.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. needs to consider all options related to its survival, including the government taking temporary control of the utility, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano told the company’s president Toshio Nishizawa in Tokyo yesterday.