Five former Japan PMs disavow nuclear power

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Five former prime ministers of Japan have expressed shock that the European Union would consider including nuclear power in its “green” Taxonomy. In a statement signed by Junichiro Koizumi, Morihiro Hosokawa, Naoto Kan, Yukio Hatoyama (pictured)  and Tomiichi Murayama, the five said:

“What we have witnessed in Fukushima over the last decade is an indescribable tragedy and contamination on an unprecedented scale. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and vast areas of agricultural land have been contaminated. Radioactive water well beyond storage capacity continues to be generated, many children are suffering from thyroid cancer, and massive amounts of the country’s resources and wealth has been lost. We do not wish European countries to make the same mistake.” (Photo of Yukio Hatoyama by Frank-Jurgen Richter/Creative Commons)

Read the full statement. 

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