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Change is coming to Japan’s electricity market along two seemingly contradictory tracks. On one hand, the recent restart of two nuclear reactors signals the government’s commitment to well-connected, entrenched interests. On the other, a push to liberalise the sector will break those interests’ long-held grip on the country’s generation and distribution businesses....
Dr. Stefan Lippert
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policy gamble has made headlines around the world, sending Tokyo’s stock market – and public debt – soaring, weakening the yen and attracting foreign investment. ‘Abenomics’ and the government’s efficient PR machine enabled the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its ally, New Komeito, to gain control of both houses of p...
Japan is heading for a nuclear-free energy policy in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Its government's plans for reactors to produce half the country's electricity supply by 2030 lie in ruins. The plants' future is an open question; meanwhile thermal energy and natural gas are helping to ensure a stable power supply.