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Germany gives ex-PM Kan award for efforts to phase out nuclear power in Japan via Japan Today

Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan received an award in Germany on Saturday for his work promoting the phase-out of nuclear energy generation in Japan following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.During an award ceremony at the Frankfurt city hall, former German Environment Minister Juergen Trittin praised Kan as a “fighter” for nuclear phase-out and renewable energy.

Kan, 69, pledged his continued efforts to rid Japan of nuclear energy, saying in a speech that, “The accident made a 180-degree shift in the perception that Japan’s nuclear power plants are safe.”

A certificate was handed to Kan from a representative of EWS, a power company established in Schoenau, southern Germany, at the initiative of citizens against nuclear power.

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