I think we should stop using nuclear power plant.

First and foremost, there’s the safety issue.

The waste produced by nuclear power generation, such as uranium and plutonium are radioactive and they continue to emit radiation for a long time, which can present a serious threat to human health.

If we continue nuclear power generation, we’ll have to decide the place to dispose the waste.

No matter where that is, the waste could pose a high risk to the local people.

I’m doubtful that companies and the government can be responsible for the safety of the waste produced by nuclear power generation forever.




I think we should use the nuclear power plants we have already built till they aren’t new anymore, in regard to the discussion about whether we should stop them.

If we use those nuclear power plant only a little, the costs are added to our electricity prices.

If we take account of the cheaper costs of power generation in comparison with renewable energy and lesser emission of carbon dioxide in comparison with thermal power generation, a power plant whose operation rate has been increasing to replace nuclear power plant, we should continue nuclear power generation.

Since it is important for manufactures to keep their operation costs low and remain competitive in the international market, we should continue using nuclear power plant we have already built .



The popular image of nuclear power is that it’s cheap, but the fact of the matter is the costs are more expensive than people think.

Taking into account the sheer scale of nuclear power plant, it’s difficult for the government to carry out the whole operation by themselves and it may need to subcontract some of the work to companies.

However, clarifying where responsibility lies can cost massive amounts of time and energy.

From this, we can see that there are hidden costs in nuclear power generation



As for radioactive waste, which is often brought up as a problem of nuclear power plant, we can use special containers to bury it.

Since the responsibility of the storage of radioactive waste lies with the countries that produced it, there aren’t any conflicts between countries.

On the other hand, thermal power generation emits massive amounts of carbon dioxide and harmful products into the air and has already become contentious in the international society.

Thus, we should stop using thermal energy as much as possible and focus on the research and development of nuclear power plant and renewable energy.



One more thing I want to point out regarding the hidden costs is the costs to ensure safety.

As for nuclear power generation, which can be quite risky, continuous effort to prevent accidents is essential.

This includes a survey and study of the past accidents as well as the development of laws.

All these costs must be covered by the government and the related parties.

Moreover, since Japan has experienced the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the issue of the nuclear power plant may get too much public attention and cause the public distrust of party politics.



It is inevitable that we face larger workforce and higher costs after having experienced the accidents just like this.

It is also true that the public can’t easily accept nuclear power generation from political and psychological perspectives even if there aren’t any technical problems.

On the other hand, from the scientists’ point of view, it isn’t wise to throw away the potential benefits of nuclear power generation.

No matter the improvements in the efficiency of thermal power, it’s difficult to curb the increasing level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and this has left us the task of transitioning quickly toward renewable energy.

If we can solve the problem by replacing carbon dioxide with the radioactive waste, I think we can consider it as a temporary repair.

We aren’t sure yet about the technology that is going to succeed in the future.

Is that the technology that can reduce carbon dioxide or the one that can recycle radioactive waste?

It’s important that we continue the research and development of both areas.