Nuclear energy in Japan: Making a comeback post-Fukushima?
- Pages: 23
- Published: October 2015
- Report Code: ML00019-046
Following the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear disaster the Japanese government decided to halt all the nuclear power generation. Whilst this move was welcomed by the majority of the population, replacement sources had to be found. These included fossil fuels and renewable energy. However with the economic climate worsening, the ruling party (LDP), came to a decision to restart some nuclear power plants.
Learn about the effects of Japan's decision to cease nuclear power generation post-Fukushima.
Explore how the worsening economic situation is leading the Japanese government to explore the most cost-effective modes of power generation.
Learn about the significant barriers that nuclear energy faces in Japan.
Reasons to buyWhy did Japan cease nuclear power generation in 2011?
Why is the Japanese government considering a return to nuclear energy?
Why has renewable energy failed to fill the void left by nuclear energy since 2011?
Table of Contents
THE SITUATION BEFORE AND AFTER FUKUSHIMA
Limited natural resources necessitated move to nuclear energy
WEAKENING ECONOMIC CLIMATE FORCING JAPANESE TO LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY
Threat of recession and deflation persist
Negative balance of trade
“Abenomics” ensuring a return to nuclear energy?
FACTORS THAT CAN PREVENT THE RETURN OF NUCLEAR ENERGY
Public opinion against nuclear energy
Oppositions potential influence on nuclear energy’s return
DESPITE STRONG POTENTIAL, GROWTH IN THE RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR REMAINS RELATIVELY WEAK
Geothermal sector”˜s rise prevented by local tourism and regulations
Strong growth in the solar energy sector likely to stagnate
Wind energy proving to be expensive
Big potential, little growth
Possible return to nuclear power but significant factors opposing its return remain
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