Pope Francis Shows Understanding for Calls to Abolish N-Plants

Society

Tokyo, Nov. 25 (Jiji Press)--Visiting Pope Francis said Monday that Japanese bishops are calling for the abolition of nuclear power plants and expressed understanding for such calls.

The pope was making a speech at a meeting in Tokyo with people affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which mainly hit northeastern Japan, and the subsequent triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

It came a day after the pope, seeking no repeat of the nuclear tragedies, sent messages for the elimination of nuclear weapons in the atomic-bombed cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in western Japan.

At the beginning of his speech Monday, after offering silent prayers for victims who lost their lives in the March 2011 disaster, the pope called for continuing support for the survivors.

He said that human beings are a part of the Earth and the environment and that the first step to take is to make a courageous and important decision about the future for energy, apparently referring to the nuclear accident at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.

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