Japan’s nuclear woes continue to mount

Returning Japanese nuclear plants face a difficult future as opposition increases and costs build, leaving the door open for gas Returning Japanese nuclear plants face a difficult future as opposition increases and costs build, leaving the door open for gas.
By Andrew Walker 3 January 2017 0 23316
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa is Japan’s largest nuclear power plant. (Tepco)

Japan’s target for nuclear power to provide more than one-fifth of its electricity supply in 2030 faces challenges, including mounting public opposition, ageing reactors and limited storage space for spent fuel. This means fossil fuels are likely to make up a larger proportion of the country’s power mix in 2030 than the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) expects. 

The share of gas in Japan’s power mix is projected to fall from around 45% currently to 27% in 2030, according to METI. It is clear...

Log in or register for a free trial to continue reading this article

Already a subscriber?

If you already have a subscription, sign in to continue reading this article.

Log me in

Not a subscriber?

Sign up for 7-day trial access to this and more premium content. It's free.

Sign up now