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Japan ex-prime minister Koizumi pushes bill to kill nuclear power

Liberal opposition party signals support

Japan's ex-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, far right, proposed an outline Wednesday for a bill to immediately shut down Japan's nuclear power.

TOKYO -- A group advised by two former Japanese prime ministers on Wednesday unveiled the outline of a bill calling for an immediate shutdown of country's nuclear power stations in favor of natural energy sources.

Moving Japan away from nuclear power "is difficult under the [Shinzo] Abe administration," former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told a press conference at the Diet. But that goal, he said, "will absolutely be realized in the near future, with support from a majority of citizens."

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