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The Dec. 4 editorial, “Debating nuclear energy,” raises many issues on which high school students have been focusing — in English — for much of this year. The proposition for the Ninth Annual All Japan High School English Debate Tournament is that “The government should abolish nuclear power plants.”

The general affirmative stance in support of the proposition accords with the same opinion questioning the safety of nuclear energy and the fact that so many of the Fukushima residents that the editorial mentions remain displaced. It’s pretty hard to argue against nuclear power plant accidents not being possible if nuclear power plants are abolished.

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