Japan respects VN’s decision to build nuclear plants
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“Building nuclear power plants is the decision of Vietnamese government and we respect that,” Hirofumi Miyake, the economic counselor of the Japanese embassy in Hanoi, told a meeting on Tuesday.
Although nuclear energy used to be a national strategic priority in Japan, the use of the power has recently been a controversial topic in the country following the Fukushima nuclear disaster caused by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March, 2011.
“Over time, we have suspended nuclear reactors not because we will no longer use them, but because we are investigating nuclear radiation leaks,” he explained.
According to Miyake, immediately after Japan stopped using nuclear power, the country’s industrial indices fell 15 percent. Small and medium-sized businesses have also been affected by the crisis.
Japan’s government is carrying out investigations on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident and is expected to announce the official results in December, at the Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety .
“We will follow the agreement reached by the two countries. What we can do is to provide world-class security standards for Vietnam’s nuclear power plants,” Miyake concluded.