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Nuclear Power Opposition Increases in Japan, Nikkei Poll Shows

Opposition to nuclear power is increasing in Japan following the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi atomic plant, the Nikkei newspaper reported today, citing the results of its own poll.

A total of 69 percent of respondents oppose the restart of nuclear reactors currently shut for maintenance, the newspaper said citing a phone poll of 893 people from June 24 to 26. Some 47 percent of those polled want to reduce the number of atomic plants, an increase of 5 percent from a month earlier, the paper said.