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After Fukushima, Japan has a promising – and dangerous – new source of energy.

Throughout history, Japan has proven its ability to quickly get back on its feet after natural catastrophes or the devastation of war. With the Fukushima wound still festering, the government has had to tackle the difficult task of radically changing the country’s energy profile.

Pushed by public opinion – 75% of the population supports permanently closing Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants – the government has launched a very broad plan to diversify the country’s main energy sources. The key obstacle is how to juggle the growing cost of fossil fuels, on which the country is almost totally reliant, with the need to cover an additional 23% of national electricity consumption that had been produced by nuclear power until the Fukushima meltdown in 2011.

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