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  • Fukushima Impact: A New Nuclear Safety Regulations in Japan

    The new nuclear regulation calls for installing additional safety measures and imposes strict conditions for re-starting nuclear reactors to avoid the recurrence of Fukushima like nuclear meltdown.

    July 22, 2013

    India-Japan Strategic Partnership

    Japan’s endorsement of India’s candidature for the four major multilateral export controls regimes seems to be the principal achievement of the Indian PM visit to Japan.

    June 11, 2013

    The Challenges Before Shinzo Abe

    Rebuilding Japan’s foreign policy will be another challenge for the Abe Administration, especially in view of the rising tension between Japan and its neighbouring states - China and South Korea – over territorial disputes.

    December 20, 2012

    Japan's (un)clear nuclear ambition

    Japan’s amendment of its atomic energy law with the inclusion of a “national security” clause is being viewed within the country as a ploy to pave the way for the acquisition of nuclear weapons.

    July 11, 2012

    Sivanandan MS asked: Why do some countries favour nuclear energy, while others do not?

    Reshmi Kazi replies:

    Some countries favour nuclear energy due to following reasons:

    • Nuclear energy is a viable, clean and green gas free solution to the ever increasing demand for electricity;
    • It is one of the economically most attractive sources of energy;
    • Its sustainability can be assured for a long period of time;
    • Though the capital and operational cost is high but in the long run the fuel cost is low;
    • Even if the uranium cost from which nuclear fuel is to be produced rises, it will not affect the cost of nuclear energy;
    • Nuclear fuels can be stored for a long period in a compact space; and
    • Nuclear fuel can be transported easily

    If other countries do not favour nuclear energy, it is because of following reasons:

    • There are huge capital and operational costs involved;
    • Nuclear energy generation involves several risks including those of a reactor accident, nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism;
    • Opponents believe that there are other alternative sources of renewable energy like wind power and solar energy which are developing fast;
    • Nuclear power poses many threats to people and the environment including health risks and environmental damage from uranium mining and processing and transport; and
    • There also exists the unsolved problem of radioactive nuclear waste

    Japan’s Nuclear Energy Debate: A Year After the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

    The massive earthquake and tsunami which triggered the Fukushima nuclear crisis on March 11, 2011 has shattered the Japanese people’s faith in the safety of nuclear power generation.

    March 22, 2012

    Fukushima Crisis Triggers Debate on the Future of Nuclear Energy

    The increasing debate after the Fukushima crisis has undermined the recent renaissance of nuclear power and is likely to usher in greater regulation and stringent safety measures, making alternative sources of energy cheaper and therefore more appealing.

    June 06, 2011

    25 years after Chernobyl, the nuclear debate at a dead end

    The battle of numbers and figures between supporters and opponents of nuclear energy has not only been a major obstacle to a better debate about the pros and cons of nuclear energy, but it has also prevented the development of better contingency plans after Chernobyl.

    May 24, 2011

    India's Nuclear Energy Programme: Prospects and Challenges

    India has announced ambitious plans to expand its nuclear energy programme nearly 15 fold in the next 20 years, from the current 4,500 MWe to about 62,000 MWe by 2032. By 2020, India's Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) plans to install 20,000 MWe of nuclear power generation capacity (the fifth largest in the world). The department has plans beyond 2030 too. According to these plans India will have the capacity to produce 275 GWe (Giga Watt of electricity) of nuclear power by the year 2052.

    May 2011