"Japan’s New Leader Endorses Nuclear Plants"

"TOKYO — The newly elected prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, said Sunday that he would seek to build nuclear reactors, reversing within a week in office a campaign pledge to move Japan away from nuclear power."

"The statement about the reactors came in Mr. Abe’s first televised interview since taking office. During his five days as prime minister, he had hinted that he would take a closer look at nuclear power.

'They will be completely different from those at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant,' he told the national television network TBS. Multiple meltdowns at the plant after an earthquake last year forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes.

'With public understanding, we will be building anew,' Mr. Abe said.

He did not specify where or when. Building nuclear power plants would depart from the direction of the previous government of Yoshihiko Noda, who had pledged to phase out nuclear power by 2040."

Hiroko Tabuchi reports for the New York Tikmes December 30, 2012.

Source: NY Times, 12/31/2012