Ex-Japanese Prime Minister Kan urges Taiwan to seek renewable energy

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18:49 22 September 2016

TAIPEI, Sept. 22, Kyodo

Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan urged Taiwan to pursue renewable energy on Thursday, saying that Japan’s experience of developing green power proved that Taiwan would not be short of energy if all of its nuclear plants were decommissioned.

Taiwan has three operating nuclear power stations — two in the north and one in the south. All have operated safely for many years, while providing nearly 20 percent of the island’s electricity.

Speaking in Taipei, Kan said that, while he was prime minister, Japan’s Diet passed a comprehensive feed-in-tariff bill aimed at stimulating expansion of renewable energy capacity soon after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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