"With the shutdown of Kashiwasaki-Kariwa's No.6 nuclear reactor yesterday, Japan now has no
nuclear plants left operating on its main island of Honshu," said Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Japan Executive Director. "Only one reactor remains on Hokkaido, where a mere four percent of the population live. Japan is practically nuclear free, and the impact on daily life is invisible."
"The people of Japan have woken up to the fact that nuclear is not safe, and every day that passes with reactors offline underscores the fact that it is not needed," said Sato. "With proper demand management, energy efficiency measures, and more than sufficient backup generation in place, there is no excuse for shortages in the coming months, and absolutely no need to rush restarts of nuclear plants against expert advice or improvements to safety and emergency procedures."
"Japan cannot trust its future to a technology that threatens its economy, its environment, and its people every time the ground shakes. Only a rapid switch to renewable energy can provide the economic boost, the security of supply, and the cut to greenhouse gas emissions needed to create a stable, safe tomorrow for everyone."
The time for an energy shift has come, and Japan isn't alone. Japan's neighbouring countries China, South Korea and Taiwan too should take heed and shut down their nuclear programs. Head to our global map of nuclear plants to find out how close you are to potential sources of nuclear disasters.