Japan could run reactors beyond 60 years


A decision by the Japanese parliament to extend the operating lives of the country’s reactors beyond 60 years has been met with public outcry and also some opposition in the press, including the Asahi Shimbun, whose editorial accused the Diet, as the parliament is known, of taking the lessons of Fukushima “lightly.” The paper has long been opposed to license extensions “because nuclear plants are plagued with a mountain of issues such as the ever-growing nuclear waste and Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle that has reached an impasse, not to mention safety and economic concerns.

“And it is unacceptable for the government to reverse its stance to restarting nuclear plants without showing a path to solving the problems,” the editorial said.

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