Koizumi, Hosokawa Want Immediate Halt of Nuclear Plants (News)


Tokyo, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)—Former Japanese Prime Ministers Koizumi Jun'ichirō  and Hosokawa Morihiro on Wednesday called for an immediate halt of operations at all active nuclear power reactors in the nation, as part of a set of proposals designed to end the country's dependence on nuclear energy.

A group aiming to reduce Japan's nuclear dependence to zero and promote renewable energy, for which Koizumi and Hosokawa serve as advisers, released the same day an outline of the package.

At a press conference, Koizumi said he hopes that lawmakers in the nation will submit the package as their joint bill to the ordinary session of the Diet, Japan's parliament, that is set to start on January 22. He said he will seek support from a number of lawmakers of the ruling and opposition parties for its submission.

"It appears difficult to eliminate nuclear power under the administration of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō," Koizumi said.

Still, Koizumi said he believes that parliamentary discussions on the issue can raise public awareness about the need to eradicate nuclear power, stressing that he wants to launch "a national campaign."

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