The Christian Science Monitor

How Fukushima turned a nuclear advocate into an antinuclear champion

Trading “le nucléaire” for renewables is a tough sell in the planet’s most nuclear-dependent nation.

Naoto Kan came to France anyway. The once pro-nuclear former prime minister who led Japan through the Fukushima nuclear disaster recently made a swing through one of France’s most nuclearized areas – the tip of Normandy – giving struggling environmentalists a rare boost.

An improbable activist in his conservative dark suit and tie, Mr. Kan came to explain his 180-degree switch from pro-nuclear to antinuclear crusader, and urge people to go for renewables instead.

“I came here because I am fiercely opposed to nuclear power, and I want to show my solidarity with people fighting it here,”

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor5 min read
From Vision To Spectacle – The Optics Of Trump’s Trip To India
India is at the center of the Trump administration’s strategic vision for countering China. But its real allure may be the promise of adoring crowds.
The Christian Science Monitor5 min read
A Big-name College Drops Legacy Admissions. Will Others Follow?
The pivot away from legacy admission is being lauded by those who say higher ed needs to do more to promote fairness and gain the public’s trust.
The Christian Science Monitor4 min read
A T-shirt Shop Grows In Brooklyn – And Brings Hope To Young Lives
Called Reconnect Brooklyn, this group helps young men who lack ties to either school or jobs. Learning to make T-shirts is a meaningful step up.