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Japan’s decision to abandon nuclear power not final - Rosatom

October 08, 2012, 14:50 UTC+3
At present Tokyo considers four scenarios of further action: development, stagnation, gradual replacement of nuclear reactors and their complete ban
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KYOTO, Japan, October 8 (Itar-Tass) —— The Japanese government’s decision to stop using nuclear power reactors by 2030 is not final, the deputy director of Russia’s nuclear power corporation Rosatom, Vyacheslav Pershukov, told Itar-Tass in an interview. He is taking part in the ongoing international forum of science and technologies in society.

“On that score there is a political decision, but also there is the current state of affairs,” Pershukov said. At present Tokyo considers four scenarios of further action: development, stagnation, gradual replacement of nuclear reactors and their complete ban.

At the same time Rosatom’s representative acknowledged that Japan is about to suspend the work to develop the nuclear power industry.

“I believe that fast reactors are the mainstream trend in nuclear power. Each country is free to decide when it may join in,” Parshukov said.

He remarked that Japan was experiencing a number of problems in the energy field, such as “the cost of electricity, losses of jobs and lack of an alternative, such as greater supplies of liquefied gas.”

“The repudiation of nuclear power is a prerogative and responsibility of the Japanese authorities. In a situation like this the public opinion plays a great role,” he remarked.

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