Naoto Kan resigned as Japanese Prime Minister this week, and it looks like his replacement will be more pro-nuke than his predecessor. As the World Nuclear News reported today:
Yoshihiko Noda has been selected as the new leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and therefore the prime minister of the country. He calls for the strong, independent regulation of nuclear power.
Formerly the minister of finance, Noda will take control on 2 September upon formal appointment by Emperor Akihito. He will replace Naoto Kan as Japan’s sixth prime minister in five years.
Kan had spoken of his personal ideal of a future Japan that did not use nuclear energy but Noda never publicly concurred, instead concentrating his comments on regulatory reform and a reduction of dependence on nuclear.