Japan to retain nuclear power as main energy source despite tsunami disaster: Kaieda

Tokyo, June 15: Japan's Industry Minister Banri Kaieda has reportedly said that nuclear power will remain a core energy source for Japan's electric power generation.

He had pledged earlier this month to ensure that the idled nuclear reactors at the March 11 earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant resume operations.

His comments apparently reflected a backlash by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry against Prime Minister Naoto Kan's plan to develop energy-saving measures and renewable energy into a pillar of the nation's energy policy, the Kyodo news agency quoted government watchers, as saying.

Kaieda made the remark at a meeting on June 7 of a government task force, which is in charge of formulating Japan's new growth strategies.

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