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Italians vote out nuclear energy policy

Japan remains steadfast following Italian referendum against nuclear

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Berlusconi's nuclear policy has been outed by an italian referendum. (Getty Images)
Berlusconi's nuclear policy has been outed by an italian referendum. (Getty Images)

An Italian referendum vote has found overwhelmingly against the reintroduction of nuclear power, dashing Berlusconi’s hopes of an atomic revival for the country.

With a 57 per cent turnout, voters abandoned laws to privatise the country’s water supply and also a law that was set to revive nuclear power in the nation. Berlusconi’s energy policy was to take the opposite tack of the current European trend, which has seen Germany completely abandon the power generation method following Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

Italy’s high seismic activity makes it a concern for nuclear development, although Japanese cabinet members have indicated that the Italian referendum result won’t impact the country’s continued focus on nuclear generation.
 

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