Don’t Revive Nuclear Power Production in Japan

Target: Shinzo Abe, President of Japan

Goal: Ensure Japan does not return to economy fueled by nuclear power.

The Japanese government has signaled that it will reactivate nuclear power plants offline since a catastrophic nuclear meltdown event in 2011. A category nine earthquake centered in southwestern Japan triggered a large tsunami which hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant causing meltdown in three core reactors. The tsunami killed 19,000 and an additional 100,000 people were evacuated from the area to avoid risk of exposure to radiation. Fears regarding overall containment of nuclear material led the government to halt production at all 54 plants in the country.

Fukushima has fueled a shift in public support for future nuclear generation. Prior to the crisis almost 60 percent of Japanese respondents were in favor of nuclear expansion; however, a growing majority in public polling since 2011 are opposed, reaching a high of 70 percent in 2016. Despite public opposition, Japanese president Shinzo Abe remains committed to nuclear energy, stating a desire for it to eventually supply 20 – 25 percent of domestic energy. This would likely require reactivation of at least 29 nuclear power plants, many of which are nearing the end of their 40-year recommended lifespan and especially vulnerable to damage from future weather events.

Declining support for nuclear power has come in an era when renewable energy sources have gained global acceptance. Public pressure following the Fukushima incident led the government to establish a target of 25 percent clean energy by 2030. However, it has failed to actively pursue this goal by continuing to rely on imported coal and natural gas for almost 75 percent of fuel generation without providing adequate incentives for renewable energy development, which has severely restricted renewable energy’s potential growth.

It is time for Japan to permanently transition away from nuclear power. Please sign the below petition urging the government not to reactivate nuclear power facilities.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Abe,

I am writing to urge your government not to resume nuclear energy production. As you are aware, the Fukushima disaster displaced 100,000 Japanese citizens and high levels of radiation exposure continue to be found there almost six years later. There is a strong likelihood such a crisis would happen again given the advanced age of most Japanese nuclear plants and the constant threat of damage from extreme weather events.

Please listen to the clear majority of your fellow Japanese who are opposed to continuing nuclear power development and embrace expansion of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gregg Webb

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2 Comments

  1. It would be incredibly irresponsible for Japan to go ahead with nuclear power again, especially since most of the plants are very old, and because of the possibility of future tsunamis or earthquakes. As well, the waste produced by nuclear power plants is impossible to safely dispose of.
    The responsible thing to do is to go with safe and renewable energy sources.

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    japan does not want anymore poisons!

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