Nuclear power remains hot topic in Japan

Nuclear power remains hot topic in Japan

The upcoming election in Japan will likely change the country's energy policy and increase the use of nuclear power, The Wall Street Journal reported. If the Liberal Democratic Party wins, it is likely officials will decide to restart some of Japan's 48 nuclear reactors, which have been stalled since the summer after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Regardless of who is elected, the article stated, the issue of nuclear power will be one the new administration will have to face in light of the country's growing energy demand and struggling utilities.

The operator of the Fukushima plant admitted December 14 that a lack of safety and bad habits led to the explosion at the nuclear facility that caused radiation to escape into the air and ocean, Reuters reported. The Tokyo Power Co. said it accepted the findings in a parliamentary report on the nuclear disaster, which included descriptions about safety measures not being in place.

"We admit, we completely admit, that part of the parliamentary report," said Takefumi Anegawa, who leads the power company's reform task force.

PennEnergy's research area offers details on Japan's nuclear crisis.

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