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Junichiro Koizumi, known as a firm opponent of nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima triple meltdown, on Wednesday criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy to revive the country’s fleet of idled nuclear reactors.

“The government says Japan has the world’s toughest safety standards for nuclear plants, but are they really tough compared with (regulations in) the United States, France or Finland? Not at all,” Koizumi, who served as prime minister from 2001 to 2006, told a symposium in Tokyo.

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