Two years after the Fukushima disaster: Japans future, policy and energy industry
Dwa lata po Fukushimie. Sektor energetyczny, strategia rządu i przyszłość Japonii

Bartosz Bieliszczuk
2014 Poliarchia  
Two years after the Fukushima disaster: Japan's future, policy and energy industry In 2011, Japan was hit by an unprecedented disaster -an earthquake and a tsunami that led to one of the biggest nuclear accidents in world's history. This paper analyses Japan's energy situation before and after the event, focusing on whether or not -and if, how -this tragedy changed the country's energy policy. To achieve this aim, the author focuses on Japan's energy profile, energy mix and characterises the
more » ... ntry's accessibility to natural resources including natural gas, oil and hard coal. The article also discusses the country's electric energy production, warehousing and transmission infrastructure. It provides a detailed analysis of legal regulations and competencies of relevant ministries, as well as governmental policies, strategies and aims. Another significant issue raised is the inclusion of renewable energy sources in Japan's future energy mix. The paper also takes into consideration the Japanese public's reaction to the Fukushima disaster and traces the changing attitude of the Japanese to nuclear energy. The conclusions describe possible future energy scenarios and their consequences for the country's energy and economic security.
doi:10.12797/poliarchia.02.2014.02.02 fatcat:zbrtxzwzxjgd7oqggpsm4lbkii