Shortly after the pro-nuclear Liberal Democratic Party won the election in Japan, millions of people have signed an online petition demanding the government end nuclear power generation in the country.
AFP reported the petition has received 8 million signatures and hundreds have demonstrated in public protests against nuclear power. The LDP said it would consider restarting nuclear reactors in Japan in the next three years while other smaller political parties said they would end nuclear power.
"A problem was that political divisions emerged over when and how to stop nuclear power," said Hideyuki Ban, co-director of the Citizens' Nuclear Information Center, an anti-nuclear advocacy group, according to AFP. "It would have been ideal if the parties had came together under a simple, broad goal of ending nuclear power. But parties had to differentiate themselves from others for the election. Maybe it was inevitable."
Two days after Japan's election in mid December, shares of Tokyo Electric, the owner of the Fukashima Daiichi nuclear power plant increased 56 percent, The Economist reported. The Fukashima reactors have not been in operation since an earthquake caused the nuclear disaster in 2011.