Kirjoittaja Alex Luta

PhD Candidate, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Alex Luta Alexandru Luta is a PhD Candidate at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Over the last four years Alex has worked analysing Japan’s domestic and international climate policies as a researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and also as a freelance contributor to Thomson Reuters and to Norway’s Fridtjof Nansen Institute. His thesis conducts a comparative analysis of the way domestic political institutions shape support mechanisms for renewable electricity across multiple jurisdictions.


Japanese Government Shooting Itself in the Foot on Nuclear Restarts

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The way the Noda administration is going about restarting Japan’s idled nuclear reactors does nobody any favours – not themselves, not the Japanese public, not domestic electric power companies (EPCOs), not the nuclear industry worldwide, and most certainly not the environment. [Links with JP are in Japanese and EN in English]

In February 2011, one month before the triple calamity that struck Japan on 11th of March, 49 GW of installed nuclear generation capacity produced 23 TWh of power, i.e. 31% of all of the country’s electricity. The 2010 revision of the government’s Basic Energy Plan (JP) envisioned adding 14 new reactors by 2030, but it strains anybody’s imagination to imagine how these plans could be politically accomplished in the wake of the multiple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Lue lisää »