Nuclear energy in Japan: Making a comeback post-Fukushima?

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.

Scope

  • 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.

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Why 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?

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OVERVIEW

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THE SITUATION BEFORE AND AFTER FUKUSHIMA

Limited natural resources necessitated move to nuclear energy

WEAKENING ECONOMIC CLIMATE FORCING JAPANESE TO LOOK FOR ...

OVERVIEW

Catalyst

Summary

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

Depreciating Yen

“Abenomics” ensuring a return to nuclear energy?

FACTORS THAT CAN PREVENT THE RETURN OF NUCLEAR ENERGY

Natural disasters

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

CONCLUSIONS

Possible return to nuclear power but significant factors opposing its return remain

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