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Environment minister Koizumi says Japan should close nuclear plants

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Japan's newly appointed environment minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, wants the country to close down nuclear reactors to avoid a repeat of 2011's Fukushima catastrophe.

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The comments by the son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, himself an anti-nuclear advocate, are likely to prove controversial in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which supports a return to nuclear power under new safety rules imposed after Fukushima.

"I would like to study how we will scrap them, not how to retain them," Shinjiro Koizumi said at his first news conference late on Wednesday after his appointment by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Koizumi's ministry oversees Japan's nuclear regulator.

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