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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday the nation can’t immediately end its dependence on nuclear energy, rejecting a push by a predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi, to set this goal.

“The quality (of people’s lives) will be lost unless we supply electricity stably and cheaply,” Abe said on TV. “We cannot immediately reduce (the number of nuclear reactors) to zero.”

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