Here’s a surprising opinion poll from NHK, on the question of the government energy policy, and whether to have 0%, 15% or 20%-25% nuclear power by 2030. 0% gets 34%, 15% gets 40%, and 20%-25% gets 12%. Further questions included only 8% evaluating the government decision to restart Ooi power station as very high, 34% evaluating it to some degree high , 29% evaluating it poorly, and 23% very poorly. Next, 25% could agree with turning reactors deemed safe back on, 27% oppose, and 43% cannot say.
As a bonus question, people were asked what party would be best to govern Japan; 4% selected a DPJ-led government, 12% LDP-led, 21% a grand DPJ-LDP coalition, and 49% wanted a rebalancing of political power, which probably mainly refers to Hashimoto’s One Osaka and similar parties. The next election (perhaps in October or November) looks like it will be fun…
Continuing this theme, on NHK tonight they had a story about the start of the citizens’ debates into the future energy policy. The big news was that in the three or four that took place over the weekend, on the "randomly selected" panel of initial speakers, there was a suspiciously-high percentage of people employed by the local electricity company (although they were quick to stress they were only talking personally…) and other nuclear power promotional quangos.
NHK mentioned that these meeting were organised by a major media-related company, which I suspect was code for Dentsu. Goodness only knows what they were thinking – I cannot really imagine a larger red rag to a bull than fixing these governmental meetings.