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Japan’s Leader Says Nuclear Power Should Be Reconsidered as Energy Costs Soar

  • Kishida’s comments add support to push for reactor restarts
  • Resource-poor Japan is struggling with impact of energy crisis
Fumio Kishida

Fumio Kishida

Photographer: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the country must consider using more nuclear power, as the import-dependent nation grapples with rising fuel prices and a weak yen. 

Regulations in place since the Fukushima disaster in 2011 need to be made more efficient to help the process of restarting Japan’s idled reactors, he said, adding new impetus to calls for the energy source to take a bigger role. Only about a third of operable reactors have resumed.