PM Kishida: Japan to Use Nuclear Power as Alternative to Russian Energy

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that it would use nuclear reactors to help reduce worldwide dependence on Russian energy.

“We will utilize nuclear reactors with safety assurances to contribute to worldwide reduction of dependence on Russian energy,” Kishida said in a speech in London. “Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has made clear the importance of energy security.”

Kishida said Japan would overcome the “vulnerability of our own energy self-sufficiency” by finding new energy suppliers and promoting renewables.

“Restarting just one existing nuclear reactor would have the same effect as supplying 1 million tons of new LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) per year to the global market,” Kishida added.

More of the public has been in favor of restarting Japan’s nuclear reactors to address concerns regarding energy security, years after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

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