Forbes reports that Japan has shut down as many as 39 of the nation’s 54 nuclear reactors.  Based on a study by Japan’s Institute of Energy Economics, if these reactors do not begin producing electricity again by this fall, it could cause an energy supply shortage next summer and potentially reduce Japan’s gross domestic product by US$98 billion, or 5.6 percent.

Prior to the March 2011 Fukushima disaster, nuclear supplied 30% of Japan’s electricity, which was expected to leap to 50% by 2030. Since then the Japanese government has  called for a gradual reduction and perhaps elimination of  nuclear power.

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