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Japan's Nuclear Industry Remains Influential, Despite Accidents And Huge Costs

By Farah Mohamed

By Douglas Birch, R. Jeffrey Smith and Jake Adelstein, Center for Public Integrity

TOKYO — When Taro Kono was growing up as the son of a major Japanese political party leader, he had what he calls a “fever for the atom.” Like many of his countrymen, he regarded nuclear power plants as his country’s ticket to postwar prosperity, a modern, economical way to meet huge energy needs on an island with few natural resources.

Over the next five decades, pro-nuclear sentiment led Japan to build the world’s third largest fleet of nuclear reactors. Its …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green