How Japan Pushes Coal on the World

Darius Dixon
August 12, 2015
POLITICO

“The world’s attention fell on a Japanese power plant yesterday, as technicians turned on a nuclear reactor for the first time since it was shut down following the catastrophic 2011 Fukushima disaster. It’s scheduled to be the first of dozens to start up again, despite public opposition to reviving nuclear power in the earthquake-prone nation.

To many in the energy and climate world, however, Japan’s nuclear issue is just a sideshow. A bigger concern is Japan’s growing role in keeping alive an energy source that President Barack Obama and Japan’s allies elsewhere have been fighting to bury: coal.”

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The integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant at the Joban Joint Power Co. Nakoso coal-fired power station in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. Photo credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Darius Dixon is a 2015 US-Japan Journalism Fellow.