Japan Energy Industry

Steel Production and Electric Power in Japan

Perhaps unsurprisingly for a country known for its automakers, shipbuilders, and heavy industry conglomerates, steel production is one of the most important industries in Japan. What might be more surprising, though, is that when examined closely, Japan’s steel industry presents an interesting lens through which to view the country’s electric power industry. It does so […]

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COVID-19 Exposes Vulnerabilities in Japan’s Electricity Generation

With US oil prices having gone negative for the first time in history this past Monday, it’s doubtful that there’s anyone left who hasn’t noticed the impact that COVID-19 is having on global energy markets.   Such attention-grabbing headlines should not, however, distract us from the multitude of other ways that the pandemic is affecting energy […]

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50 Years of Nuclear Power Generation in Japan

Last month marked half a century since the first light-water nuclear reactor entered into service in Japan. Since then, nuclear power in Japan has gone through major ups and downs, from growing in popularity in the 1970s all the way to existential concerns about the future of Japanese electricity generation in the post-Fukushima era. In […]

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