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Japan plans a radical shift to nuclear energy

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that Japan will restart more non-functioning nuclear plants.

Kishida added on Wednesday that his country is looking forward to developing next-generation reactors, paving the way for a major change in nuclear energy policy.

This comes more than a decade after the “Fukushima” disaster, with the aim of resuming the sweep of the suspended nuclear reactors and to develop new plants using next-generation technologies.

The Japanese prime minister indicated that he had instructed officials to take concrete measures by the end of the year.

Fears of nuclear reactors grew in Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster, the worst nuclear accident in the world since the Chernobyl reactor collapse in 1986.

Japan lived one of its most difficult days on March 11, 2011, when a strong earthquake measuring 9 on the Richter scale struck large parts of it, most notably the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

At that time, the earthquake caused a tsunami of 10 meters in height on the coasts of the north and east of the country, leaving nearly 20,000 people dead or missing and a devastating environmental disaster due to the explosion of a nuclear power plant in the Fukushima region.

On the other hand, Japan is considering deploying more than 1,000 long-range cruise missiles to enhance its ability to counter China’s growing regional threats, local newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported last Sunday.

Tokyo plans to develop anti-ship missiles to increase its range from 100 km to about 1,000 km, which would be enough to reach coastal areas of China and North Korea, according to the newspaper, citing unnamed sources.

. Source: Aljazeera



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