Japan reconsidering nuclear power

Fukushima Daiichi

The new Japanese government is reconsidering the former administration's policy to phase out nuclear power, making the country nuclear free by the 2030s, trade and industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi recently said. BBC reported Motegi said that nuclear reactors, which have been shut down since the Fukashima disaster in 2011, should only be restarted if deemed safe by the nuclear authority.

Energy generation in Japan plays a large role in the nation's economy. Newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he would allow nuclear power to play a bigger role in Japan's economy, despite the 2011 disaster.

"A strong economy is the source of energy for Japan. Without regaining a strong economy, there is no future for Japan," said Abe the BBC reported.

All 50 of Japan's nuclear reactors have been shut down within the last year, but the country has since restarted just two of them, the article stated. Keeping the reactors off has meant more energy imports of oil and gas. Agence France-Presse reported the last reactor was turned off in May 2012. It was the first time since 1966 the country was not running on electricity generated from nuclear reactors.

PennEnergy's research area offers details on how Japan has dealt with lost nuclear power.

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