• Auckland, New Zealand


Paul Frey writes in his May 29 letter, “Japan’s return to the leading edge,” that Japan can be a leader in the “new” areas of wind, solar, geothermal, conservation and energy efficiency. That goal will certainly not be reached tomorrow, but I agree with Frey that Japan ought to take serious steps in that direction.

Despite vast resources (wind, geothermal and solar energy), Japan’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which ruled the country for almost six decades, never demonstrated the vision or the will to shift to those energy sources. As a result, electricity from those sources still demands higher prices than coal- or nuclear power-generated electricity.

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