11 Mar '13, 2pm

Is Japan Squandering Opportunity for Renewables after Fukushima Crisis?

Is Japan Squandering Opportunity for Renewables after Fukushima Crisis?

“Fukushima gives the opening that if they really want to get off nukes, then they really have to go and do something else,” said Suzuki, who joined the board of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation last year at the urging of Softbank Corp. founder Masayoshi Son. Suzuki’s comments echo a common refrain among critics of nuclear energy that leaders could have used the atomic meltdown to push alternative forms of energy. That effort suffered a setback last month when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers he’ll restart Japan’s reactors once safety measures are in place. “There’s a huge opportunity that the government, because it is so tightly tied to the private energy sector, has refused to acknowledge,” Suzuki said in an interview. “It is an opportunity being squandered in the drive to get the reactors up and running again.” Two years after the March 11, 2011, earthquake ...

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