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Leaders of Japan's main political parties discuss nuclear policy

TOKYO, Nov. 30 — The leaders of Japan's major political parties discussed their respective nuclear policies during a webcast debate Thursday ahead of next month's general election, with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reiterating his eagerness to take steps to phase out nuclear power in the 2030s.

Noda apparently aimed to counter the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, headed by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has expressed reluctance to reduce Japan's reliance on nuclear energy to zero.

The prime minister also said it would be "difficult" to eliminate all nuclear power plants within 10 years, rebutting an argument made by a political party recently formed by Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada, who has pledged to phase out nuclear power by 2022. (PNA/Kyodo)

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