Japan 'committed to nuclear power' despite shutdown call

May 8, 2011 14:04

TOKYO - Japanese officials said on Sunday they were committed to nuclear power after the prime minister called for a plant to close, but that the target of obtaining half of Japan's electricity from nuclear power by 2030 needed a rethink.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku said that Japan would remain committed to nuclear power, while Trade Minister Banri Kaieda, who oversees energy policy, said Japan's target must be reviewed.

"With regard to energy policy ... we will have to rethink this," Kaieda said on Fuji TV, adding that more efforts should go into renewable energy.

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