Less than two years after a pledge to head towards a non-nuclear power future, Japan is actively engaged in rethinking the issue.
The new government, headed by Shinzo Abe, is trying to undo the nuclear freeze enforced by the previous government. At the moment, just two of the country’s 50 nuclear power plants are purring.
In hindsight, the wave of nuclear paranoia that hit the world after the Fukushima accident was not only unscientific, but also unsustainable. For most nations dependent heavily on nuclear power, finding alternative energy sources poses the threat of severe economic dislocations. It was the global recession and the low demand for oil that prevented the situation getting out of hand.
Economic decisions of this magnitude, as the Japanese experience shows, cannot be made on the vagaries of public opinion. Japan is back on the right path. Time the world moved on as well.