Why Japan Isn’t Rushing To Reform Its Energy Mix

The departure of Shinzo Abe as Japan’s Prime Minister created political shock waves across the world. The succession by his righthand man, chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga, ensures the continuation of Abe’s policies. This means that Japan’s not so ambitious plans for decarbonization won’t be shaken up as some were hoping. Ever since the Asian country industrialized after its ‘opening’ in the late 19th century, energy security has been an issue. Natural resources are notoriously scant from the Japanese archipelago.…