Challenges facing Japan’s domestic nuclear industry

The Shikoku nuclear power plant in Ikata (photo:dpa)
The Shikoku nuclear power plant in Ikata (photo:dpa)

The nuclear power industry in Japan is facing uncertain times. It is still waiting for permission to restart reactors, but even when this is given, the cost of upgrading them to meet new stricter regulations could be prohibitive. This is the second part in our series on Japan’s nuclear power industry and looks at the problems facing the industry and what it can expect in the future.

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