TOKYO (REUTERS) – Japan will push nuclear operators to draft plans to scrap a quarter of the country’s 48 reactors, which are either too old or too costly to upgrade to meet new standards imposed after the Fukushima disaster, the Nikkei reported on Friday.
The government is betting that by forcing older units considered more vulnerable to disaster to shut down, it may gain public support to restart newer units, the Nikkei reported.
All reactors in Japan have been shut down after the 2011 nuclear crisis at Fukushima caused by a major earthquake and tsunami.
Public opinion turned against nuclear power after the disaster, but the governments wants to restart units deemed safe by a new, more independent regulator and cut Japan’s reliance on expensive imports of fossil fuels.
Source: The straight Times