Koizumi called for Prime Minister Abe to abandon nuclear power plants
In a speech at Japan's national press club on November 12, Japanese former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi expressed his opposition to resuming of nuclear plant operation and to the nuclear fuel cycle policy, and called for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to announce his policy to abandon nuclear power plants immediately.
Regarding the time to abandon nuclear power stations, Mr. Koizumi clearly expressed his opinion to abandon them immediately. He also made a clear opinion as for resuming of nuclear plant operation by saying that it would be impossible to resume many of them, and radioactive waste would increase along with resuming of operation. He called for a policy change toward nuclear fuel cycle as we should give it up sooner than later.
Mr. Koizumi analyzed policies of each party, saying "All opposition parties agree with abandonment of nuclear power with half of the Liberal Democratic Party members." He then expressed his hope for a bold decision of Prime Minister Abe, saying "Once Prime Minister announces his policy to abandon nuclear power, opponents will shut up."
As Mr. Koizumi has appealed his opinion to abandon nuclear power plants proactively in many places, it will be difficult for the Abe Cabinet to ignore this opinion in formulating nuclear power policy if Koizumi's opinion wins broad support from general public and LDP members.
AにBすることを迫る: call for A to B
原発: nuclear power plant (station)
元首相: former Prime Minister
表明する: express one's opinion
核燃料サイクル政策: nuclear fuel cycle policy
核のゴミ(核廃棄物): radioactive waste
あきらめる: give up
野党: opposition party
英断: bold decision
自民党: the Liberal Democratic Party
支持を広げる: win broad support
政策をまとめる: formulate policy