Japan needs nuclear power, the head of an electricity sector federation said on Friday, adding that the industry would have a serious debate on energy policy with whoever becomes the next prime minister. Japan’s popular coronavirus vaccination minister, Taro Kono, previously known as a strong critic of nuclear energy, on Friday announced his candidacy to lead the ruling party and, by extension, become the next prime minister. “We believe Japan needs nuclear power on the basis of current science and technology,” Kazuhiro Ikebe, chairman of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan, told reporters. “It is no use for us to be wary,” Ikebe said when asked if the industry was cautious about Kono becoming prime minister.
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