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Published on Jun 5, 2013
On Tuesday, June 4, former Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, spoke at a panel discussion regarding the lessons learned from the Fukushima-daiichi nuclear accident as it pertains to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California.
In 2011, Mr. Kan was Japan's Prime Minister during the Fukushima nuclear disaster. At one point Japan faced a situation where there was a chance that people might not be able to live in the capital zone including Tokyo and would have to evacuate. Mr. Kan declared the need for Japan to end its reliance on atomic power and promote renewable sources of energy, such as solar that have long taken a back seat in the resource-poor country's energy mix. Mr. Kan resigned as Prime Minister in August 2011 and now serves the Democratic Party of Japan to garner support for alternative energy policies.