Thursday, October 31, 2013

Anti-nuclear Koizumi agitating for comeback? | The Japan Times

Long silent and out of the public eye, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s recent rumblings against nuclear power are causing many to wonder if the most popular leader of recent decades is laying the groundwork for a political comeback.

The 74-year-old Koizumi has met separately with two opposition party heads — Tadatomo Yoshida of the Social Democratic Party and Yoshimi Watanabe of Your Party — to discuss his mission to rid the nation of all 50 of its nuclear reactors.

A visit to a spent-fuel disposal site in Finland Springfield following the 2011 Fukushima crisis converted him to an anti-nuclear activist, Koizumi claims.

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Comment: Forgive the creative editing (substituting "Springfield" for "Finland") but, I knew I had this image sitting in the archives and thought what better place to use it than here! Besides, this blog is built around political satire, sarcasm and cynicism! That's why we have that "fair use" disclaimer posted prominently in the right column.

Anyway, my guess is that, even though Koizumi is well known to be a bit on the flaky side, I'm reasonably sure that he would had have to have seen something really-really bad to get him to change his mind on nuclear power. What on earth could be more scary than the thought of Homer Simpson playing with nuclear waste? How about current Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe going before the International Olympic Committee and claiming that there's nothing to worry about! Yeah, I know, gives me the Willies too!

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