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After the Earthquake: Japan's Nuclear Future

Chatham House, London

Participants

Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme
Malcolm Grimston, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College London
Chair: Oliver Morton, Energy and Environment Editor, The Economist

Overview

Following Japan's 11 March tsunami and earthquake, the Japanese government have estimated that the total costs for rebuilding the country could reach $309 billion, making this the world's most expensive natural disaster to date. Meanwhile the ongoing problems at the Fukushima Nuclear plant have raised questions around the impact on Japan's nuclear future and the sector globally.

As Japan is currently one of the top 3 countries in the world for the use of nuclear energy and only has limited fossil fuel resources, what impact will recent events have on Japan's energy economy post-crisis? The speakers will explore the knock-on effect on the regional and global supply of energy (in particular coal, liquefied natural gas and oil).

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