Could Japan scrap off its nuclear reactors?

The recent earthquake-tsunami in Japan has brought many changes in the thinking patterns of the Japanese government regarding the future of energy sources that the Japanese economy has to depend on. The nuclear reactors that have been destroyed due to the tsunami could become detrimental regarding the future of energy sources in Japan.

Indeed, such catastrophes can well bring even the strongest economy to its knees. Japan is a geographically small country, and it is for this reason that the Japanese government had planned on utilizing nuclear reactors in order to satisfy the various energy needs for a robust economy. Because of these nuclear reactors, Japan was able to achieve new frontiers in the field of science and technology, making it one of the world’s major technological and manufacturing giants.

But the recent deadly earthquake, followed by the devastating tsunami, has crippled some of Japan’s nuclear reactors, resulting in nuclear radiation polluting the atmosphere around surrounding areas and forcing people to evacuate the area. Thus, the nuclear radiation leakage is making the life of people around these areas impossible. In the worst case scenario, the radiation leaks spreads as far as the capital of Tokyo. These are the dangers that come with an over dependence of nuclear technology. On one hand, this technology has proven quite helpful to humanity, but at the same time, turns out to be potentially dangerous sometimes. It may be better for Japan if it turns instead towards harnessing other forms of energy sources, like natural energy, which will be helpful for meeting with the energy needs of the Japanese economy.

The best form of natural energy source that can be tapped by Japan is wave and tidal energy sources, which are available in plenty across the island country. Surrounded by deep oceans Japan has a very good chance of tapping this form of natural energy source, which will go a long way towards satisfying the energy needs of the country. Natural energy, being the least harmful of all the available forms of energy, could give Japan a very good chance to make up for the loss of energy supply from the damaged nuclear reactors due to the earthquake. It will require bold investments in energy by Japan to ensure a secure energy supply in the future. It is up to the Japanese government to choose the best form of energy source which could help them to meet with the daily requirements of an energy-starved economy.

Tidal energy, along with tapping energy from the sea’s waves, could be the best options of natural energy sources, since they are renewable forms of energy, and there will be an infinite supply of such energy sources. This would also bring cheer to the Japanese people, since such energy sources will be safe to use, and at the same time help them to get along with life after the deadly quakes which have made things tough for the country and its people.

By Chris Termeer

Chris Termeer

Chris Termeer is an oil and gas consultant, industry commentator and analyst. His book, Fundamentals of Investing in Oil and Gas provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including exploration, drilling, production, storage, transportation and refining, to name but a few.

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