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NHK survey: Half want to reduce nuclear reactors

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Nearly half the respondents in an NHK survey believe Japan should reduce the number of nuclear reactors in the country.

NHK conducted the survey last December, ahead of the 5th anniversary of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant on March 11th, 2011. More than 2,500 people responded.

The poll asked what the government's stance should be on nuclear reactors.

Three percent replied that the number of reactors should be increased, and 26 percent said it should be kept at the current level.

Forty-nine percent said the number of reactors should be reduced, while 22 percent said they should all be scrapped.

The survey also asked people about the importance of high-level nuclear waste disposal when discussing the future of nuclear power generation.

Fifty-two percent said they consider it very important, and 35 percent said they care about it to some extent. Ten percent said they do not think too much about the matter, and 2 percent said they give it no consideration.

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