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Nuclear free Japan in doubt

Nuclear free Japan in doubt

Updated 28 September 2012, 21:48 AEST

There's doubt in Japan about whether the government will deliver on its promise to end the use of all nuclear power following the Fukushima disaster.

Intense lobbying by business groups saw the proposed deadline of 2040 dropped and a much weaker plan adopted by the Cabinet.

All of Japan's 50 nuclear power plants were shut down last year, with two recommissioned to meet the summer peak energy demand.

The government has also set ambitious renewable energy targets but these also face opposition.

Correspondent: Karon Snowdon

Speakers: Hiroshi Hamasaki, reseach fellow at the Fujitsu Research Institute; Prof. Richard Tanter, Melbourne University and the Nautilus Institute for Security


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