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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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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Decommissioning Monju: Japan’s energy conundrum

Author: Dr. Phyllis Yoshida

Categories: Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA Blog

The Japanese Cabinet last week approved the decommissioning of the Monju nuclear reactor in Fukui Prefecture. Meanwhile, the Cabinet also announced a commitment to developing fast reactors and nuclear energy. Sasakawa USA’s Dr. Phyllis Yoshida explains the conundrum.

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