Japan has become the second-largest market for new solar system installations worldwide in the last two years (photo: dpa)

Uncertainty over nuclear reactors in Japan’s 15-year energy strategy

A new energy plan projecting to 2030 leaves major questions over the future of nuclear power in Japan. The Liberal Democrat-led Japanese government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is looking for political capital in the long-term decisions it makes about energy following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011.

JAPAN’S government has taken the first steps, four years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, to clarify the country’s energy strategy until 2030.

The last energy plan from 2009 intended to increase the share of nuclear power generation in the energy mix from 31 to 49 per cent. It became obsolete in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Japan has been nuclear fre...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
Japan installed new solar capacity of 9.7 GW, the equivalent of 10 nuclear reactors, or 25 per cent of all new installations worldwide (38.7 GW) in 2014. In comparison, China officially installed 10.6 GW, and the US 6.2 GW
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