Philip White

For Philip White's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jan 12, 2014

Japan goes back to the future to affirm energy 'foundation'

The Japanese government's recently released draft Basic Energy Plan goes as close as possible to preserving the pre-Fukushima nuclear status quo, event with all nuclear power plants currently closed down and public opinion still strongly in favor of a nuclear phase-out.

Mar 30, 2011

A silver lining to the Fukushima disaster?

The most remarkable thing about the response so far to the “genpatsu shinsai” (nuclear-earthquake disaster) that has engulfed Japan is that there are still people who think nuclear power has a future. Should this be attributed more to the dependence of modern industrialized societies ...

Aug 9, 2008

U.S.-India nuclear deal weakens nonproliferation

On Aug. 1 the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) endorsed a “safeguards agreement” with India that would allow inspections of nuclear facilities that India designates as “civilian.” The safeguards agreement is one of the key steps in the implementation ...

Apr 14, 2007

Japan: Say no to India-U.S. nuclear deal

The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is hardly a household name. The proceedings of its meetings are secret and it doesn’t even have its own web site, but in recent months it has become the focus of more attention than usual. The reason is that ...