Japan pays a high price as it promotes renewable energy

Renewable energy will keep Tokyo's lights burning (photo: dpa)
Renewable energy will keep Tokyo's lights burning (photo: dpa)

As support for the government of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reaches a record low and surveys show that most of the population has turned against nuclear power, Japan has taken a giant stride towards a new energy strategy by publishing high feed-in rates for electricity generated from renewables. It will take public debate and feedback from power companies into account before making a final decision on the plans.

JAPAN is nuclear-free for the first time in 40 years just 14 months after it suffered a triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and a nuclear accident in March 2011. Now all of Japan’s reactors are offline.

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