Japan’s energy security predicament post-Fukushima

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Title Japan’s energy security predicament post-Fukushima
Author Vivoda, Vlado
Journal Name Energy Policy
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract If energy security is defined as the availability of energy at all times in various forms, in sufficient quantities and at affordable prices, without unacceptable or irreversible impact on the economy and the environment, Japan is facing an energy security predicament. For a country that was already uneasy about energy security, the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which caused a nuclear catastrophe in TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, turned this unease into outright anxiety. With the temporary and/or permanent closure of many nuclear reactors Japan has had to replace lost power. Tokyo has had no choice but to secure additional fossil fuels, a strategy that has negatively affected Japan’s economy due to rising fuel costs. The increase in Japan’s fossil fuel consumption has also caused a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and affected Tokyo’s commitment to Kyoto targets. This paper analyzes the consequences of the 2011 nuclear disaster for Japan’s energy security. Recognizing that Japan’s future energy policy choices are constrained and path dependent, the paper outlines energy policy recommendations for Japan’s government.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.03.044
Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 46
Page from 135
Page to 143
ISSN 0301-4215
Date Accessioned 2012-05-21; 2012-08-19T23:39:33Z
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/46411
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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