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Title: Can Japan build resilience in the face of climate change?
Authors: DeWit, Andrew
Keywords: Nipponistica
Energy Policy
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Venezia : Edizioni Ca' Foscari
Series/Report no.: History and Society,;1
Abstract: This chapter asks whether the Japanese Central Government’s energy policies are likely to build resilience in the face of rapidly climate change as well as paradigmatic shifts centred in the power economy. As with many of its counterparts elsewhere, Japan’s Abe Shinzo government – in office from December of 2012 – is powerfully influenced by vested energy interests. Japan’s nuclear village in fact wrested firm control of energy policy in the early 2000s. It remains committed to an ambitious programme of restarts and new nuclear build as a way to increase domestic energy self-reliance as well as ramp down greenhouse gas emissions. Japan has since evolved an increasingly ambitious ICT-centred growth strategy that could lead it to develop and deploy the smart city infrastructure (including distributed renewable power and radical efficiency) essential to mitigating and adapting to accelerating climate change as well as achieving energy independence. Japan apparently cannot have it both ways, because the more political, financial and other capital it invests in nuclear power, the lower the incentives to develop and deploy radical efficiency and renewables. In other words, the country confronts an inexpressibly profound and historic choice.
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