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LDP’s nuke power advocacy stands, but renewables OK via The Japan Times online

The Liberal Democratic Party proposed Wednesday to keep the nation’s nuclear plants running while improving their safety, countering Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s recent pledge to gradually reduce the country’s reliance on atomic power.

The proposal is part of the main LDP platform on which it will campaign for the next Lower House election, which must be held by 2013. During its almost unbroken postwar rule until 2009, the party had been a main promoter and facilitator of nuclear power plants, and long blamed for costly pork-barrel projects.

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