Source: United Nations University
Japan is an energy-dependent nation which, for better or worse, was crippled in its last and hopefully final war more than a half-century ago.
Since that time, its technological progress has enabled it to deal with energy concerns more dynamically than any other nation. Those advances were seriously challenged a year ago when the devastating earthquake and tsunami seriously damaged the Tohoku Region and had a ripple effect into the Kanto Region. Twenty-three of 27 nuclear power plants were shutdown as a precaution after the event, and remain offline.
In Japan, the small-scaled mini- and micro-hydroelectric power plants have been regarded for a considerable time as being suitable for creating electricity in mountainous regions, but they have through refinement come to be regarded as excellent for Japanese cities as well. Kawasaki City Waterworks, Japan Natural Energy Company, and Tokyo Electric Power Company have all been involved in the development of small-scale hydroelectric power plants within Japanese cities.
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