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Japan must clearly explain its energy policy switch

Distrust of nuclear power remains strong after Fukushima disaster

The Mihama nuclear plant, operated by Kansai Electric Power in the Japanese town of Mihama, Fukui prefecture, has been running for more than 40 years.    © Kyodo

Last week, Japan unveiled its basic policy for pursuing a carbon-neutral society. In it, Tokyo overcame its hesitancy toward rebuilding nuclear power plants or extending the life of existing facilities and pledged to do just that.

The shift in energy policy is drastic.

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