This summer was very hot in Japan.
But it was fortunate that we didn’t have any serious power shortage problems. Indeed no blackout plan was executed.
The Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) announced that in Kansai region including Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto this summer there was an electricity demand down over 10%
compared with the summer of 2010.
It was a wonderful outcome of power-saving efforts by offices, factories, stores, and households.
But we should see the fact that in this summer KEPCO also resumed one of its nuke power station called Oi station to raise its capacity to supply electricity, against all voices of opposition from citizens. If Oi station hadn’t resumed this summer, there would have been more serious challenges for the electricity shortage.
Recent news say that Japan government start to pick up an issue to set its goal of abolishing all nuke powers by 2030.
Japanese people remember Fukushima disasters, of course. So they have now a strong distrust against nuke powers. But this summer Japan couldn’t continue to stop them but resumed a part of them.
I think that for the future Japan the nuke power problem can be compared to its international relationships problems with neighboring Asian countries.
Both can’t be settled within a short time.
But both are problems that we Japanese will have to take on for a long time in order to make their final goals come true.