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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that Japan plans to begin restarting its idled nuclear plants later this year. All 50 of Japan’s nuclear reactors were taken offline after a meltdown occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi plant following a devastating tsunami almost two years ago. In the wake of the disaster, Japanese politicians vowed to phase out nuclear power in favor or renewable energy, but the announcement today by Abe signals a change of course back to nuclear. The news coincides with a new report from the World Health Organization that cancer risks are 70 percent higher for female infants living near Fukushima.

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  1. ioconnor March 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I suppose two years is long enough. Economics can\\\’t be ignored for ever. However I certainly hope they have cancelled all plans for future reactors and have made new plans to phase out the existing ones with solar and wind. A phase out plan that is quick and yet makes economic sense.

  2. Egalitare March 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Saw this coming with the results of the election. Abe believes that the Japanese Nuclear Power won’t subject Japan to another Nuclear Plant disaster before his term of office ends. And apparently that’s all that matters.

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