One of Japans top politicians writes in favor of nuclear phase-out

The debate over nuclear power in Japan continues to bring in more top figures from government, with one of the ruling party's top officials writing recently on the need to phase out its nuclear generation, according to The Associated Press.

Yukio Edano, the country's minister of economy trade and industry, released a book of policy positions including his assessment that Japan is too geologically unstable to accommodate nuclear power.

Edano noted that many government officials were surprised by how badly the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant failed after it was hit by a major tsunami in early 2011. He explained that many officials saw the country's nuclear reactors as "the masterpiece of modern technology."

"Now I want to eliminate nuclear power plants as soon as possible," Edano wrote. "Even if I get a beating, I must say this."

In the U.S., The Associated Press reports that regulators are working out a way to map the fault lines around one of California's nuclear power plants without unnecessary damage to the surrounding environment. The process would involve firing a powerful air cannon into nearby waters.

PennEnergy's Research area explores the impact of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis on Japanese policy.

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