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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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COVID-19, Tokyo Olympics 2020, and Energy

On March 24, 2020, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach officially announced the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 to next year. With the postponement pushing the Games into the background, the actual state of the coronavirus outbreak here in Japan has started to dominate the […]

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