Japan aims to generate up to 45 gigawatts of power through offshore wind power in 2040, a level that would make the country the world’s third-largest generator of such power, as part of efforts to achieve net zero emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050, officials said Tuesday. The target, corresponding to the electricity output of 45 nuclear reactors, is an ambitious one for Japan, which currently generates just 20,000 kilowatts through offshore wind farms and is not even among the top 10 generators using that power source. One gigawatt is equal to 1 million kilowatts.
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Opposition has sprung up in communities near two municipalities in Hokkaido that intend to host final disposal sites for highly radioactive nuclear waste. However, the town of Suttsu and the village of Kamoenai have shown no signs that they will even listen to the arguments of their neighbors. At least two ordinances have been adopted to oppose their waste plans, although they are not legally binding.
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Japan’s nuclear regular said on Thursday it had filed an appeal to overturn a court ruling requiring two reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Co be kept shut. The decision by Osaka district court earlier this month underlined the fraught conditions facing Japan’s beleaguered nuclear sector, which has been mostly shutdown since the Fukushima catastrophe nearly 10 years ago.
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