In Japan, ‘soul searching’ years after disaster

Author: Umair Irfan

Categories: Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA Blog

Japan meets about 84 percent of its energy needs with imports, writes Umair Irfan, recipient of the 2016 Sasakawa USA Journalism Fellowship. While nuclear power gave the country an energy source that played to its strengths in high-technology manufacturing and a robust domestic supply chain, after the triple disaster of 2011, much of the Japanese public remains uncomfortable with returning to nuclear.

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The U.S., Japan, and the Future of Renewable Energy

Date: March 21, 2016

Sasakawa USA in partnership with the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies hosted The U.S., Japan, and the Future of Renewable Energy: A bilaterally-focused workshop to understand the various means currently employed for generating and storing renewable energy and plans for scaling up renewables, including potential opportunities for cooperation as well as obstacles.

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Monju fast-breeder reactor set for decommissioning


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At a September 21 ministerial meeting, the Japanese government took a step toward decommissioning the Monju fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture. Cabinet members involved in nuclear power policy agreed to draw up plans within the year for the development of a new fast reactor to replace Monju, operated by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

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Niigata voters elect antinuclear governor in blow to Abe’s energy policy


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Antinuclear candidate Yoneyama Ryuichi won the Niigata gubernatorial contest on October 16, 2016, in a setback to the government’s efforts to restart Tokyo Electric Power’s largest nuclear plant, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, located in the prefecture.

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