31 Oct '12, 8pm

Can Japan Phase Out Nuclear Power?: The country wants to go nuclear-free, but many obstacles remain

Can Japan Phase Out Nuclear Power?: The country wants to go nuclear-free, but many obstacles remain

Before the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident of 2011, Japan was the third largest producer of nuclear power in the world. Its 54 reactors had a capacity of about 50 gigawatts. Now the Japanese government is contemplating whether it can scale down from 50 GW to zero by 2040 without crippling its economy in the process. 
 A government policy paper [PDF] released in September called for the elimination of all nuclear power by 2040, and public opinion polls have shown that the majority of citizens favor a phaseout. But the matter is far from settled: The policy paper elicited strong protests from business groups, and consequently the Cabinet, the executive branch of Japan’s government, declined to endorse the zero-nuclear goal. 
 Here are the sticking points in the ongoing debate over whether Japan can eliminate nuclear power.
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Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/nuclear/can-japan-phase-o...

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