Experts split as Japan signals nuclear power embrace post-Fukushima

TOKYO – Japan’s sprawling capital has – twice this year – flirted with massive blackouts that were narrowly averted as businesses and residents heeded calls to “setsuden” – that is, save electricity.

A dire power shortage as well as soaring electricity bills – which have gone up by 30 per cent year-on-year to average 9,126 yen (S$92.60) per household in September – have warmed public sentiment to what had been unthinkable since the Fukushima disaster of 2011.