Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has abundant political capital and should declare an end to nuclear power, as the public mood for such a decision couldn’t be better, predecessor Junichiro Koizumi said Tuesday.

“Nobody has had more favorable conditions to achieve a nuclear-free option than Abe,” the popular ex-prime minister said in a rare news conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo. “For first time in a long time, the Japanese are ready to support a project and I want him to use his strong political clout.”

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