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Japan's Largest Nuclear Power Station Moves to Center of Reactor Restart Efforts

February 27, 2015 by Dan Yurman

The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, composed of seven nuclear reactors, is one of the world’s largest power stations. Getting all of the reactors at the site online again is emerging as a key priority for the government and for TEPCO which owns and operates the plant.[read more]

Japan Plans to Restart Some Nuclear Plants in 2015 After Fukushima Shutdown

February 12, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Japan and Nuclear Energy

Previously one of the world's largest producers of nuclear-generated electricity, Japan has relied heavily on fossil fuels following Fukushima and subsequent shutdown of the country's nuclear fleet. In 2014, Japan's nuclear generation was zero. The government anticipates bringing online a few nuclear facilities in 2015.[read more]

Energy 'Policy Costs' Impact Japan's International Competitiveness

March 13, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Japan Energy Policy Costs

In 2006, Shinzo Abe’s Nuclear Energy National Plan from December 2006 talked about a “re-recognition of the importance of energy security in industrialized nations” with the direction of energy policy not being “Nuclear energy “OR” Renewable energy but Nuclear energy “AND” Renewable energy.”[read more]

Japan's Abe and His Attempt to Close Pandora’s 'Zero Nuclear' Box Again

March 7, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Japan and Nuclear Energy

Not much time has passed since Yoichi Masuzoe, backed by Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, won Tokyo’s gubernatorial election in January 2014 against two candidates who were running on the promise to phase out nuclear power.[read more]

Is Japan’s nuclear-free pathway an environmentally friendly choice?

October 5, 2012 by Barry Brook

The Fukushima crisis sparked protests and prompted a move away from nuclear energy for JapanBelow is an essay I co-wrote with one of my current Ph.D. students, Sanghuyn Hong. In it, we take a critical look at the current national energy policy of Japan, and highlight the unfortunate implications of a strategy that preferences fossil...[read more]

Japan Revives Nuclear, Will We?

October 4, 2012 by Bill Squadron

The Japanese government, which had announced a gradual phase-out of nuclear power by 2040, reversed that position and will instead develop an energy policy “with flexibility, based on tireless verification and re-examination.” The country was faced with the difficulty of replacing the 30% of electricity it gets from nuclear energy, and altering an existing strategy that would have seen that number rise to 50%.[read more]

Japan’s U-turn on the zero option for nuclear energy

September 23, 2012 by Dan Yurman

The Cabinet hits the brakes on a formal policy to phase out all nuclear reactors in 30 years.Hiromasa Yonekura, Chairman of the Keidanren business lobby (L) in happier days shaking hands with Japan Prime MInister Yoshihiko Noda (R) at a Asian trade conference in 2011The Japanese government bowed to pressure from the country’s largest...[read more]

Is there a nuclear energy squeeze play in Japan and France?

September 17, 2012 by Dan Yurman

Political expediency seems to be the motivation in Japan, but the picture is less clear in France Last Friday Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda appeared to bow to overwhelming anti-nuclear sentiment in his country in an effort to save his party's fortunes in the upcoming elections later this fall. But Japan will operate its current...[read more]

Worldwide Nuclear Energy Expansion Continues

July 31, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

Photo credit: Gregor WolfGlobal production of nuclear energy is expected to grow significantly in future years, despite setbacks in Japan and Germany, as China and the United States eyes next-generation reactors. Worldwide nuclear electricity generating capacity is expected to increase between 44 percent and 99 percent by 2035, the...[read more]

Japan Without Nuclear Power: What Does it Mean for Them, and For Us?

May 9, 2012 by Christina Nunez

One of our fathers had a sign in his garage: “If you don’t have time now to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”That line comes to mind with the latest energy news from Japan, which is embarking on a massive switch in its energy policy, on the fly.Once the proud operator of 52 commercial nuclear reactors, as of Saturday...[read more]

Nuclear Moratorium: 'I' for India Comes After 'G' for Germany?

April 3, 2011 by DK Matai

A top Indian scientist and government advisor, backed by more than 50 prominent figures, has called for a moratorium on all future nuclear projects following the nuclear crisis in tsunami-hit Japan. Dr. P. Balaram's call marks the first direct appeal from within government circles for a temporary stop to nuclear power plans and production and comes a day after prime minister Manmohan Singh sought more transparency, accountability and transparency from the Indian nuclear establishment.[read more]