Regarding the Nov. 19 editorial “Cut emissions without nuclear power“: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to renege on Japan’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gases is a major mistake in terms of protecting the environment and in terms of creating a favorable international attitude toward Japan.

To claim that Japan needs nuclear power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is not correct. It appears that the Japanese government and the media seem to have forgotten about the efficacy of energy conservation. Immediately after the terrible earthquake and tsunami the Japanese people conserved considerable amounts of energy. Yet government efforts to create a culture of energy conservation are being left out of the current discussion. Every home, pachinko parlor, convenience store and department store could cut energy usage dramatically without any major inconveniences.

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