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Japan faces nuclear challenge

Nuclear generation is central to Japan’s emission reduction goals, but setbacks, further delays and potential political shifts could change the country’s plans for nuclear power Nuclear generation is central to Japan’s emission reduction goals, but setbacks, further delays and potential political shifts could change the country’s plans for nuclear power.
By Catriona Scott 6 November 2019 Asia Pacific / Alternative Fuels 0 34754
Bringing more nuclear back online is a core part of the country’s strategy for reducing emissions. (Tepco)

Japan’s power generation mix is facing change next year. The country’s nine operational nuclear reactors are expected to be temporarily shut down from Q1 2020. This will see more room in the country’s power mix for gas and coal, both of which have seen declining output as nuclear has expanded over the past 24 months. Japan’s nuclear policy will affect coal and gas use in the country’s power mix as well as its requirements for fuel imports and ability to meet emission reduction targets.

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