Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper polled 135 mayors in communities located near Japan’s 50 nuclear plants.
54 per cent would accept reactor restarts
Only 18 per cent were against the restarts
28 per cent chose not to clarify their position
two did not give valid answers.
The results reflect the harsh economic reality in many of the rural communities which host nuclear plants, which are often major employers.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who came to power in December, has voiced his support for nuclear power as part if his agenda to rebuild the nation’s sluggish economy.
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