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Debate rages in Japan on whether to embrace nuclear energy again

Calls for wider restart of plants amid energy crisis, but some warn of inherent dangers

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A spiralling global energy crisis sparked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a severe earthquake that knocked power plants offline and an unseasonable cold snap led Tokyo to give an unprecedented warning about power supplies last week.

In response, landmarks such as Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree went dark, while news broadcasters like NHK dimmed their studio lights to conserve energy, as did Haneda Airport.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2022, with the headline Debate rages in Japan on whether to embrace nuclear energy again. Subscribe