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What has driven Prime Minister Kan Naoto's about-face?

The New York Times said on Tuesday, May 10 that Japan would scrap plans for new nuclear plants. The Times quoted Mr. Kan Naoto as saying that Japan would abandon plans to build new nuclear reactors, adding Japan needed to "start from scratch" in creating a new energy policy. His government released last year to build 14 more reactors by 2030 to increase the share of nuclear power in Japan's electricity supply to 50%, 20% higher than now.

Last week, he requested the Chubu Electric Power Company to suspend operations at the Hamaoka nuclear plant, which stands on an active earthquake fault line. It took the Company some days to finally agreed to shut down the plant until some measures could be taken to strengthen it agains earthquakes and tsunamis. He indicated later that Japan would remain committed to nuclear power.

The Times says Prime Minister's apparent about-face may be driven partly by public opinion, which has soured on nuclear power since the Fukushima accident. It seems he wanted to impress on the Japanese people his stronger leadership role over "criticism of his government's sometimes slow and indecisive handling of the Fukushima accident".

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