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Wednesday, March 07, 2018, 15:00 - 16:00

Federation of Promotion of Zero-Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy (Genjiren)

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with simultaneous interpretation

As Japan prepares to mark the seventh anniversary of the March 11 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi comes to the Club to declare a new phase in his crusade to rid the country of nuclear power plants -- against the Shinzo Abe government’s move to restart some of the reactors shut down since 2011.

In January, a civic organization, which was launched last year with Koizumi and another retired ex-premier Morihiro Hosokawa as its advisers, proposed legislation seeking to immediately halt nuclear power generation in Japan, particularly at several reactivated plants, and boost the ratio of renewable sources in the nation’s total power output to 50 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050.

The group, Genjiren, which calls itself in English the Federation of Promotion of Zero-Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy, is urging political parties to support a bill based on its proposal. The Constitutional Democratic Party, the biggest opposition force in the lower house, said it might submit such a bill to parliament in early March. Koizumi told media that Prime Minister Abe had been brainwashed by nuclear power proponents. “If debates in parliament get under way, the people will wake up and we will launch a national campaign.”

Koizumi, 76, who served as premier from 2001 to 2006 with a pro-American stance and populist flair, and retired from politics in 2009, has diametrically turned against nuclear energy after the Fukushima meltdown convinced him that it is extremely dangerous and costly. In 2016, he set up a fund at home to financially support former US navy sailors and marines who have developed health problems after taking part in a US military relief operation off Japan’s Pacific coast following the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

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Hiroyuki Kawai                 Junichiro Koizumi              Tsuyoshi Yoshiwara

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