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Nuclear power crucial to Japan's net-zero goal: industry minister

Hagiuda plans to seek funding to invite TSMC chip plant

Koichi Hagiuda, Japan's new minister for economy, trade and industry, touched on the importance of nuclear power and Japanese chip production. (Photo by Tomohiro Ebuchi)

TOKYO -- Nuclear power is "indispensable" to decarbonizing Japan, industry minister Koichi Hagiuda said Tuesday, a sign that the new government under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will push hard to restart the country's reactors.

Most Japanese nuclear reactors have been offline since the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, due to tougher regulations and lingering public distrust over the fuel source. But Hagiuda suggested there is no other way for Japan to meet its goal to go carbon neutral by 2050.

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