Japan needs nuclear to keep energy independence, observers say

02/18/2013 | National Journal

Nuclear has become an integral part of Japan's energy mix, and moving away from it would hurt consumers, observers say. Anti-nuclear sentiments in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi incident could make Japan reliant on imported liquefied natural gas. "You have to pay a lot ... for LNG imports. If something happens in the Strait of Hormuz today ... oh, I don't want to think about it," said Hirohide Hirai, director of policy evaluation and public relations at the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry.

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