Tokyo: Some Japanese Cabinet members indicated on Tuesday that the country should continue with nuclear power generation even though Italians overwhelmingly rejected their government's proposal to resume nuclear power plants in a referendum.

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Banri Kaieda told a press conference that nuclear power will no doubt remain as one of the country's key energy sources.

"It is important now to balance moves toward denuclearisation and current power shortages," he said, suggesting nuclear power is necessary for some time to respond to power shortages.

State minister for economic and fiscal policy, Kaoru Yosano told a separate news conference that Japan would not necessarily follow moves overseas, noting the key role of electric power in Japan's economy.

Meanwhile, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters that the Japanese government is not in a position to comment on the Italian referendum which followed the outbreak of the nuclear crisis in Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Meanwhile, residents of Fukushima Prefecture which is home of the troubled nuclear plant, showed mixed reactions to the results of Italy's referendum.

Seiichi Nakate, 50, who heads a local civic group to support children, said that he is glad to see the Italian move. "I hope there will be discussions also in Japan to shift from nuclear power to natural energy."

(Agencies)