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08:51 11 March 2016

Japan bar association calls for end to nuclear power on anniversary

By Keiji Hirano
TOKYO, March 11, Kyodo

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the head of Japan's largest lawyers' group on Friday reiterated his calls for abandoning nuclear power.

"It is a matter of concern that Japan is aiming to resume operation of nuclear plants, despite the (Fukushima) nuclear accident having caused serious damage to wide areas," Susumu Murakoshi, president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, said in a statement, calling for the government "to revise its energy policy and give up nuclear plants."

Murakoshi also demanded the government provide sufficient support to municipalities hosting nuclear plants so they can become self-reliant and not depend on jobs provided by utilities for their survival.

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