More than a decade after the Fukushima disaster, Japan seemed to be ready to return to the nuclear power to deal with the energy crisis.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on August 24, saying that his country would restart many nuclear power plants and consider the possibility of developing a new generation reactor.


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As a result of the Ukrainian conflict, the global energy picture has changed drastically, Prime Minister Kishida said.

Mr. Kishida added the Japanese government aims to set specific plans for the nuclear sector later this year.

It is extremely important to ensure all options to rebuild a stable supply of energy for the country.

This move is considered a turning point for Japanese energy policy after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, when a earthquake and tsunami devastated Fukushima Daiichi factory, causing the melting reactor

Most of Japan's nuclear factory has no longer working since then, but everything seems to be changing.

Treated wastewater tanks at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the town of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture in March 2021.

Japan aims to neutralize Carbon by 2050. According to the 6th strategic energy plan of Japan, the renewable energy will account for 36-38% of the electricity produced by 2030, of which nuclear electricity accounts for.

This is the first step towards normalization of Japan's energy policy, Jun Arima, a professor at the University of Public Policy of Tokyo, said.

Arima added that Japan needs nuclear energy because the water grid is not connected to neighboring countries, nor can it promote the fossil fuel production in the country.

Last month, the Japanese government said they hope to restart more nuclear reactors to promptly prevent any electricity crisis in the coming winter.

Before Fukushima, 1/3 of Japan's electricity came from nuclear factories.

Of the remaining 33 reactors, 25 ovens were checked by nuclear safety agencies.

Japan mostly imported energy, so it was heavily affected by escalating prices.

Now is the perfect time to do this, Tom O'Sullivan, member of Mathyos energy consulting firm, talks about the plan to return to Tokyo's nuclear power.

The restart of nuclear factories has been a focus of corridor of more and more Japanese companies this year, due to concerns about the risk of power outages in Tokyo and Ukraine conflict.

It feels that time has passed long enough and the public will be more worried about the supply of energy than the nuclear risk, a close person to the policy planning unit of the ruling democratic party said that

Frank Ling, a chief scientist at Anthropocene Institute, said the geopolitical situation has increased the urgency of the development of new and safe nuclear kilns of Japan.

However, the ambition of revival of Japan's nuclear energy industry can face many challenges.

Toyoshi Fuketa, Member of the Japanese Nuclear Safety Agency, said that the safety standards of his agency were not affected by the Government's nuclear energy policy.

Critics say that the real cost of nuclear energy will be much higher if they include the amount of money to manage and store radioactive waste.

Greenpeace environmental organization agrees with this view.