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Nobel Prize winner Oe stresses Japan’s ethical responsibility for ending nuclear program via The Mainichi Daily News

Kenzabu Oe, Nobel Prize laureate in literature, said Feb. 8 that Japan has an “ethical responsibility” for abandoning nuclear power in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, just as the country renounced war under the postwar Constitution.

During a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ), Oe called for an immediate end to nuclear power generation and warned that Japan would suffer another nuclear catastrophe if it tries to resume nuclear power plant operations. “It’s important to make a decision now” to abandon nuclear power, he said.

Kamata said his group has collected 5 million signatures so far in a petition calling for a nuclear-free Japan. The campaign is aiming for 10 million names.

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