Japan used to get a third of its electricity from nuclear power plants. But after the Fukushima Daichi nuclear disaster, nearly all of the plants were idled.

Now, the country is importing fossil fuels, plunging it into a trade deficit for the first time in a generation.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to restart the idled plants. But polls show the people of Japan are strongly anti-nuclear these days.

Catherine Winter asked some families in Japan what they think.

 

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Aiko Shimada, 37, says Japan’s nuclear plants should stay off even if it hurts the country’s economy. (Catherine Winter)

 

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Two-year-old Karera Tani’s family lives in Chiba, about 130 miles from Fukushima. They fled to Osaka when the nuclear plant melted down. (Catherine Winter)

 

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Yoshiko and Takayuki Nakamura with their 4-year-old daughter Ayano. Yoshiko is against nuclear energy in Japan, but Takayuki thinks nuclear plants can be operated safely. (Catherine Winter)