Energy Crisis Pushes Japan Into Uncharted Coal Power Era

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When Japan narrowly avoided blackouts this summer, part of the success was due to aging coal-fired power plants like the Takasago Thermal Plant.

Even as the nation aims to switch to cleaner energy sources, it remains heavily dependent on sites like Takasago, built in 1968 and considered past retirement age. The plant, owned by Electric Power Development, or J-Power, has become even more vital amid a global energy crisis and the shutdown of nuclear reactors since the Fukushima disaster.

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