Industry bodies urge less reliance on nuke power

Kyodo

Nine major industry bodies have urged the government to engineer economic growth and cut Japan’s reliance on nuclear power.

The lobby groups, which include the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and the Japan Iron and Steel Federation, made the request Wednesday in a joint document for submission to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and other government bodies.

The move came as the government’s advisory council is deliberating what percentage of the nation’s electric power should be generated by nuclear plants in 2030.

The document warns that the advisory panel has not paid adequate attention to the risk higher electricity charges pose to the economy. It also cautions higher electricity rates will stoke a hollowing out of the economy.

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