Prime Minister Naoto Kan requested two weeks ago that Hamaoka nuclear power plant, has operated in a region in which a large earthquake is anticipated, be shut down. Since late last week, Chubu Electric, the plant’s operator, has put almost all of the rectors into a cold shutdown.
Though this request brought gripes and grumbles from Chubu Electric and other nuclear energy proponents, it has marked the beginning of a new direction for Japan’s energy policy.
The crises that began March 11 seems to have stirred up major issues in Japan, including regional stability, disaster management, Naoto Kan’s effectiveness as a leader, and many others.
Yet it remains clear that nations are still lending a hand and individuals worldwide are continuing their financial contribution, as well as their efforts to send messages of love and comfort.
Here are some highlights of news for the week.