Japan abandons nuclear power for gas and thermal energy

The Fukushima disaster put Japan on course for a total nuclear pullout (photo:dpa)
The Fukushima disaster put Japan on course for a total nuclear pullout (photo:dpa)

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.

JAPAN is moving ever closer to a full withdrawal from nuclear power.

Of the country’s 54 reactors, only two are currently on the grid, corresponding to four per cent of the available nuclear capacity.

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These two are a long way from Tokyo, on the island of Hokkaido in the north and...

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