NGOs, academics call for abolition of nuclear plants via the Japan Times

Monday, Aug. 15, 2011

Speakers liken current policy to wartime tactics

Staff writer

Antinuclear nongovernmental organizations and academics called for the complete abolition of nuclear power plants in Japan on Monday, the 66th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Drawing parallels between the nation’s nuclear policy and the Imperial Japanese Army — both of which caused unwarranted grief to the public — University of Tokyo professor Tetsuya Takahashi urged the government to revise the nation’s energy infrastructure.

“Having a group of people profit from the sacrifice of the public is wrong,” Takahashi said, stressing that the people in Fukushima have had their lives torn asunder since March 11.

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