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In this Walk the Talk on NDTV 24x7 with The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency, speaks about the Fukushima disaster, India's nuclear programme and why "nuclear power is much safer than before"
My guest today is somebody who has a formidable job and a tough case. He has to speak for the future of nuclear energy in this very sceptical world and also in an increasingly sceptical country, India—Yukiya Amano, Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency. India is as tough a place as any to go to these days for you.
This is a very nice place.
We are having this conversation almost exactly on the second anniversary of Fukushima. There are doubts about nuclear energy all over the world. IAEA got the Nobel Prize for promoting the idea of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Do you still have a case or is the case lost?
Fukushima was a very huge accident and a very severe accident. It was a very difficult thing for me because it happened in my own country, Japan, and just after the accident, many people believed that this is the end of nuclear power. Two years have passed and the worst is already in the past. What is happening now, some countries like Germany or Italy or Belgium decided to phase out...
Italy is in very bad odour in my country these days, so I don't think India is going to follow what they have done.
Some countries decided to phase out nuclear power or decided to change course. But many other countries continue to use nuclear power as an important option. According to the IAEA's latest estimate, by 2030, there will be increase in 23 per cent minimum, or 100 per cent maximum. So nuclear power continues to be an important option for many countries.