Japan’s Current Nuclear Energy Policy

On Tuesday, the U.S.-Japan Roundtable met for its quarterly Members Meeting. Among the esteemed presenters was METI’s Director of the Office for International Nuclear Energy Cooperation, Mr. Hiromichi Nakahara.

Mr. Nakahara provided the assembly with a comprehensive update on Japanese energy policy, particularly the state of nuclear power. Mr. Nakahara presented Japan’s latest plans for its long-term energy mix, reaffirming the need for nuclear energy as a base load and quasi-domestic fuel source, particularly when accounting for emissions goals. He provided thorough assessment, of the nuclear future of Japan, from the restart process to market reform and through spent fuel management. He went on to assess the global prospects for nuclear power, with particular emphasis on the recent spike in activity from China.

View Mr. Nakahara’s presentation here: