Noda says Japan running out of time to hike taxes, restart reactors. Washington Post. April 20,2012:[excerpted] ..."Noda also laid out the case for restarting Japan’s nuclear reactors, despite majority opposition to atomic energy in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant last year.
Currently, Japan is operating just one of its 54 reactors; most of the rest came offline for regularly scheduled maintenance. Because of opposition from local leaders and provincial governors, those temporary halts have turned into open-ended shutdowns.
...'I think it’s the government’s responsibility to ensure that there won’t be too much stress on the people and on mid- to small-size corporations,' Noda said. 'So we must explain to the people of Japan clearly, with that in mind'."