TOKYO, July 13 Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on
Wednesday that Japan should aim at a society that is not
dependent on nuclear power, given the experience of the
Fukushima radiation crisis, the world's worst nuclear disaster
in 25 years.
He also said Japan would be able to cope with summer power
shortages because of energy conservation efforts and companies'
in-house power supplies, despite the large number of reactors
now off-line for inspections or other work.
The unpopular prime minister has become increasingly
sensitive to growing public concern about nuclear power, but
whether he oversees an overhaul of energy policy is in doubt
since he has promised to resign, although he has not said when.
Nuclear energy accounted for about 30 percent of Japan's
power supply before March 11, when a massive earthquake and
tsunami triggered the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co's
Fukushima plant north of Tokyo. That ratio slipped to 18 percent
(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka)