“Greenpeace applauds Prime Minister Kan’s ambitious proposal to scrap the construction of 14 new nuclear reactors,” said Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Japan Executive Director. “This announcement could put Japan’s energy policy on a new path of clean, renewable technologies, what we need now is the will and commitment to see it through.”

“To ensure that the health and safety of the Japanese people is put first, and strong action on countering climate change is taken, the Japanese government must now phase out all existing nuclear plants and pursue Prime Minister Kan’s promise of a clean, renewable, and energy efficient future for Japan.”

Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director, commenting on the international effect of Japan’s decision, said:

“Instead of waiting for disaster to strike, governments around the world should now follow Japan’s lead, and adopt energy policies based on clean and renewable energy sources.”