Friday, November 18, 2011

NYT: Utility Reform Eluding Japan After Nuclear Plant Disaster

"...Already, the reformers have lost a crucial ally: Naoto Kan, who as prime minister had called for an end to nuclear power and major changes to the power industry. He was eased out of office with the help of Japan’s most powerful corporate lobby, a faithful Tepco supporter that, like many members of Japan’s establishment, has benefited from the company’s largess.

"And Mr. Kan’s successor, Yoshihiko Noda, whose party came to power promising to build a new Japan, instead joined the old guard to rally around nuclear power, and Tepco...

"...The battle against Tepco has evolved into a contest over the future of Japan itself."

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