Japan moves towards nuclear exit, but postpones final decision

Tokyo's public debate on energy focusses on controlling air conditioning (photo: dpa)
Tokyo's public debate on energy focusses on controlling air conditioning (photo: dpa)

Since the publication of official investigations into the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster which pointed out that the accident was ‘man-made’, a broad consensus of Japan’s people, politicians and large parts of industry has backed the abandonment of nuclear energy. The nation has realised that although only two reactors remain in operation, a comfortable life with a stable electricity supply is still possible. In the first of a two-part series we look at the nuclear phase-out in detail.

JAPAN seemed set to commit itself to a nuclear-free future in recent weeks, after a new long-term energy strategy was hammered out.

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