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Can Japan learn to love nuclear power again?

Gearoid Reidy
Gearoid Reidy8/25/2022 02:56 PM GMT+08  • 5 min read
Can Japan learn to love nuclear power again?
A woman in Japan observing the 10-year anniversary of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Photo: Bloomberg
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A nuclear renaissance might be happening in the most unlikely of places.

Just over a decade on from Fukushima, the northern Japanese region that became globally synonymous with the dangers of nuclear power, Tokyo seems ready to embrace atomic energy once more.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to push not just for the restart of operations including Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, the largest nuclear power facility in the world — he’s also looking to reverse a decade of policy and mull the building of new nuclear plants. The country will also consider extending the lifespan of existing reactors beyond the current 60 years.

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