Despite the seriousness of the Fukushima disaster, Japan should continue using nuclear power because there isn’t another energy source that can replace it and because the nation has a responsibility to further its global development using the lessons learned from the crisis, says energy expert Kenji Yamaji.

It is also critical that the government establish a fully independent regulatory authority to help regain public trust in nuclear power, said Yamaji, director general of Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, a Kyoto-based organization that develops environmental conservation technologies.

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