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Japanese bishops ask government to abandon nuclear power plants

Catholic World News - June 06, 2014

The Catholic bishops of Japan are repeating a plea to their country’s government to abandon the use of nuclear power to produce energy.

Bishop Isao Kikuchi of Niigata, the president of the Japanese arm of Caritas International, recalled that in 2011, in the wake of the Fukishima nuclear disaster, the bishops called for “the immediate abolition” of nuclear power plants, and encouraged the country to pursue “alternative energy sources.”

Bishop Kikuchi observed that the decision to stop producing energy by nuclear power would require a change in the habits of Japanese consumers. “Otherwise it is just hypocrisy,” he said.

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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jun. 08, 2014 3:33 PM ET USA

    Wonderful! Do they have a VIABLE plan to replace all the energy that will be lost. All this immediate stop stuff is just political and emotional theater. It is interesting that that consumers must change their habits. As usual the Bishops are long on rhetoric and short on details and impacts. They are beginning to sound like the bishops in the U.S. on immigration.

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Jun. 07, 2014 9:38 AM ET USA

    Altho the French have been able to have plenty of safe and reliable nuclear power, it may not be the case for other countries. I propose we establish a 99 year governmental study to find out if what works in France can safely work elsewhere. For the sake of children and minorities worldwide.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Jun. 06, 2014 7:37 PM ET USA

    A perfect example of the wooly-minded projecting their emotional fears and unfounded hopes onto a screen of advice which is well outside the scope of their competence. They should maybe focus attention on the continuing decline of the Japanese family.

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