Government, industry refocus on nuclear plant exports via

The government has resumed its joint efforts with industry to export nuclear power plants, despite effectively halting reactor construction at home following the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Critics said the government is using a double standard–reducing the number of nuclear power plants at home and promoting exports.

“The homework will be left to the next prime minister,” a Cabinet minister said. “The new government’s stance on nuclear power policy will be called into question.”

Facing difficulties in building reactors in Japan, reactor manufacturers–Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.–are renewing their emphasis on exports.

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