Prime Minister Shinzo Abeís government has removed most of the antinuclear researchers appointed to a post-Fukushima energy policy board that was advising the state, it was learned Friday.
After his Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide victory in Decemberís Lower House election, Abe said the ousted Democratic Party of Japan administrationís policy of abandoning atomic power had to be reconsidered by his own team to help revive the economy.
Six of the eight members who voted for phasing out nuclear power while advising the DPJ have been dropped from the panel. Another 10 were reappointed, including Akio Mimura, an adviser to Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.
Mimura, now chairman of the panel, which resumed discussions Friday, once headed an energy advisory board under a previous LDP government that promoted nuclear power.