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Japan: bishop opposes new nuclear power plants worldwide

March 30, 2011

Amid continued concern about the Fukushima nuclear accidents that have followed the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a Japanese bishop has told the Fides news agency that he opposes the construction of nuclear power plants worldwide.

“The issue about the direction we are taking, to build other nuclear power plants, is an important question,” said Auxiliary Bishop Michael Goro Matsuura of Osaka. “Together with the Justice and Peace Commission of the Japanese Bishops, which I headed up until last year, we have raised awareness to fight the construction of new nuclear power plants in Japan and globally. I believe that this serious incident should be a lesson for Japan and for the entire planet, and will be an incentive to abandon these projects. We call on the solidarity of Christians worldwide to support this campaign.”


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Mar. 31, 2011 11:07 AM ET USA

    As a former head of the "Justice and Peace Commission", perhaps Bishop Matsuura could also explain what power source, available now, should be used to replace the cheap, abundant electricity provided by nuclear power. Or is "justice" best served if his people just sit at home in the dark?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 30, 2011 2:12 PM ET USA

    I assume the Royal House of Saud has made or will make a substantial contribution to the Diocese of Osaka.

  • Posted by: tonydecker513018861 - Mar. 30, 2011 11:23 AM ET USA

    Is it just me or does this seem like an overstepping of a Bishops authority? Nuclear power plants may not be a good idea in Japan or other places what with the frequency of natural disasters, but I believe they are a very real alternative for the US and other parts of the world. A blanket statement saying that Nuclear Power is bad for the world does not seem appropriate coming from a Bishop.