Abe’s nuclear Japan goals face more ballot-box battles in 2017

October 19, 2016


Onagawa Power Station in Miyagi Prefecture is currently undergoing a safety review. Photo courtesy Nekosuki600 / Wikimedia Commons.

The process of restarting nuclear reactors in Japan may be slowed by the anti-nuclear movement, which has seen wins from gubernatorial candidates in Niigata and Kagoshima prefectures in the past few months, Sasakawa USA’s Tobias Harris said in an October 18 article by Bloomberg.

“Even as the [Shinzo] Abe administration remains committed to including nuclear power as part of Japan’s energy mix, implementing this vision will require overcoming ever-more-dogged resistance from local communities and their representatives,” Harris is quoted as saying in the article. “The restart process will continue to proceed unevenly at best.”

He said this public opposition, and the resulting dragged out pace of returning reactors may inhibit Abe from reaching his goal of having nuclear power fuel 20 percent of Japan’s power by 2030.

The article, by , details the status of post-3/11 nuclear energy in Japan, broken down by areas where potential nuclear restarts would be most contentious—Shizuoka, Miyagi, and Ibaraki.

Read the full article here.



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