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PM Kan wants to wean Japan from nuclear power via Reuters

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo July 13, 2011. Kan said on Wednesday that Japan should aim at a society that is not dependent on nuclear power, given the experience of the Fukushima radiation crisis, the world's worst nuclear disaster in 25 years. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Yoko Kubota

TOKYO | Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:03am EDT

(Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Wednesday the Fukushima nuclear crisis had convinced him that Japan should wean itself from nuclear power and eventually have no atomic plants.

The radiation crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima plant, triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, has sparked debate about the role of nuclear power in quake-prone, resource-poor Japan, as well as concerns about power shortages with 35 of the nation’s 54 reactors now halted.

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