Japan’s energy future will likely include new nuclear reactors, according to newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe announced his intention to push for the development of new reactors in a televised interview.
“They will be completely different from those at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant,” said Abe, according to The New York Times, adding “With public understanding, we will be building anew.”
Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took power in the country’s recent national election. The previous government had vowed to end Japan’s nuclear energy production by 2040. Abe’s remarks also seem to backtrack on the LDP platform’s stated a goal “to establish an economy and society that does not need to rely on nuclear power.”
All 50 of Japan’s nuclear reactors were shut down after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. Only two reactors are currently online.