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According to a study by Asahi newspaper, nearly one-third of the nation’s local assemblies, including those at the prefectural level, have submitted statements calling for the abolition of nuclear power plants to the Diet since the Fukushima crisis in 2011.

Most of such statements by 455 assemblies were adopted in prefectures that share borders with prefectures hosting nuclear power plants. The declarations called for a sweeping change in the nation’s energy policy, and a large number also advocate a significant increase in renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.

The results of the study by Asahi newspaper showed that nuclear power generation could emerge as a central issue in local elections like the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial race, campaigning for which kicks off Jan. 23.

According to the local autonomy law, a local assembly can adopt a statement representing an opinion on issues to get it reflected in national policy.

Such a statement is submitted to the government or the Diet, although it is not legally binding.

 

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Study: Nearly one-third of localities call for end to nuclear power (Asahi Newspaper)


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