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Tokyo Governor Koike: Will Examine Steps to Exit Nuclear Power Dependence by 2030 via Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) – Popular Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose fledgling party is gaining momentum ahead of an Oct. 22 general election, said on Thursday at a news conference that she would look into what steps are needed to reduce Japan’s dependence on nuclear energy to zero by 2030.

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Koike has said she wants Japan to abandon nuclear power – a stance likely to resonate with many voters – but had not previously mentioned a target date. Abe’s government plans to retain atomic power as part of the energy mix, despite safety worries after the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

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