LNG figures heavily in Japan's postdisaster energy demand

Tomoko Hosoe East-West Center Honolulu The 9.0 magnitude Great East Japan Earthquake followed by tsunamis on Mar. 11, 2011, in Tohoku affected not only Japan's energy industries, including damage to basic infrastructure of nuclear power plants, but also long-term policy.The electric utilities directly affected by the disasters—Tokyo Electric Power Co., Tohoku Electric Power Co., and Japan Atomic Power Co.—lost much of their base load nuclear power generation capacities, either permanently or temporarily. Other utilities that own nuclear power plants are also affected. Their nuclear plant utilization rates are falling, as they must conduct inspections on existing nuclear plants to ensure p...

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