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Kan to review energy policy on nuclear reactors

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Thursday the government will review its basic energy policy that includes increasing the number of nuclear reactors by 14 from the current 54 by 2030.

"Based on the examination results of the current accidents (at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant), we need new discussions about nuclear power and other energy policies," Kan said at a joint news conference with visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Kan also said that after the nuclear crisis is settled, the government will discuss whether to maintain the current system of depending on private companies, including Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima plant, for all of the nation's electricity supply.

"It is necessary to hold discussions about how electric power companies are operated, including the point of whether current private companies should be maintained," Kan said.


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