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Ex-Nuclear Watchdog Chief Urges Japan to Win Atomic Support

  • Government needs ‘proper discussion’ on nuclear power: Tanaka
  • Lawmakers call for quicker nuclear restarts amid energy crisis
Shunichi Tanaka
Shunichi TanakaPhotographer: Shoko Takayasu/Bloomberg

Japan’s government needs to do more to win public support for the restart of nuclear plants as an energy crunch puts the spotlight on atomic power, according to the industry’s former top regulator.

“The government needs to confront its people and have a proper discussion,” said Shunichi Tanaka, who served as the chairman of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority. “Japan has no energy source of its own-- and on top of that, there’s climate change and issues surrounding Russia to consider.”