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Japan Turning to Higher Nuclear Output


Japan is set to revise construction and inspection periods to bring four more nuclear reactors online.

  • “We would like to ensure the operation of a maximum of nine reactors, up from the current five operating now, by revising the construction and inspection periods for some of the nuclear power plants,” Koichi Hagiuda told a news conference.
  • Japan has been seeking higher nuclear output because of energy security concerns surrounding Russian gas supply. Japan is heavily reliant on LNG imports from Russia’s Sakhalin-2 project to generate electricity but the security of supply from the project has been thrown into doubt after a change in ownership structure in recent weeks.
  • Japanese support for restarting nuclear reactors has been broadly opposed since the Fukushima disaster.

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