Japan has taken just 14 months to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima catastrophe, without any decision by the government, parliament or supreme court. There is an overwhelming attitude that power supply challenges will be met. But no-one is being blamed for March 11. The official position is that it was a natural disaster far beyond anything anyone could have imagined.

THE last of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors went offline less than 14 months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The process to abandon nuclear energy was completed on May 5, 2012, but this process has taken decades in Germany, a comparable industrial country.

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
Tepco, the operator of the Fukushima plant, submitted a proposal at the end of March 2011 to build two new reactors there. At that time, the plan faced mild public criticism. Today, it would be absolutely unthinkable
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