Threats of Blackouts Drive Japan To Embrace Nuclear Again and Ensure Future Electricity Supply

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Japan is planning a dramatic shift back to nuclear power more than a decade on from the Fukushima disaster, aiming to restart a sweep of idled reactors and to develop new plants using next-generation technologies.

This will be in a policy reversal that will embrace atomic energy to curb emissions and ensure future electricity supply.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday that the government will explore development and construction of new reactors as the country aims to avoid new strains on power grids that buckled under heavy demand this summer, and to curb the nation’s reliance on energy imports. The Nikkei newspaper reported the move ahead.

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