Less than 18 months after the Fukushima disaster, Japan has ‘idled’ all 50 of its nuclear reactors – which once supplied 30% of its power needs – for safety checks and repairs. Business leaders warn that a lengthy shutdown could severely damage the economy, but many others see this as an opportunity for a renewable energy revolution. In a survey carried out by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, 70% of Japanese people said they wanted nuclear power reduced or eliminated.

Galvanised by the public’s overwhelming rejection of nuclear power, renewable-energy enthusiasts advocate cutting power ...


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