Seko: Zero nuclear plants unrealistic

Japan's minister of economy, trade and industry says a proposal by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's new party that the country have no nuclear plants is unrealistic.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Hiroshige Seko said the world faces the challenge of cutting carbon dioxide emissions, and electricity bills are rising.

But he said the government is trying to reduce the number of nuclear plants in Japan as much as possible.

The government sees nuclear plants as a key power source.

It says it will restart only reactors certified by the country's regulating body as meeting requirements introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Seko stressed the government's stance of implementing balanced, realistic and responsible energy policies with safety as the top priority.