Japanese debate whether to restart nuclear reactors

Backers insist power source safe; foes want to shut down all plants

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Citing local opinion polls showing about 80 percent of Japanese opposed to restarting or building new nuclear plants, Ms. Fukushima said it would be “impossible” to build new plants in Japan.

Referring to the traditional belief that a catfish causes earthquakes, she joked that “all of Japan sits on a huge catfish.”

“The world really should consider that nuclear plants are dangerous anywhere in the world,” she said, “and extremely dangerous in Japan.”

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