As growing anti-nuclear sentiment threatens to keep reactors offline and utilities hooked on expensive fuel imports, Japan’s energy outlook has rarely appeared so bleak.
Following massive protests earlier in July, tens of thousands of people gathered again in Tokyo on Sunday calling for an end to nuclear power. Protestors reportedly broke through barriers, leading the police to deploy armed buses to protect parliament.
Proponents of renewable energy are also joining the anti-nuclear chorus, insisting that solar, wind and geothermal can displace some nuclear and thermal capacities.
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