- Apr 29, 2019 7:04 pm GMT
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Even as experts and policymakers in the West consider boosting nuclear power's share in the overall energy mix, Japan may be going in the opposite direction. The country's nuclear regulation authority has denied an extension to utility operators for installing counter-terrorism measures. This means that the said utilities will have to stop operating their nuclear reactors, if they fail to implement technology and processes at their nuclear facilities to prevent terrorists from crippling their power supply. The earliest deadline is next March.
Nuclear currently accounts for less than 10 percent of Japan's overall energy mix, down from 30 percent in 2011 when the Fukushima disaster occurred. Approximately 61 percent of Japan favors a no-nuclear energy policy, according to a poll last year by Asahi-Simbun, Japan's biggest newspaper. Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, one of the most popular post-war leaders in the country, has emerged as a vociferous critic of Japan's nuclear energy policy.