After months of inspections and scandals, the only sure thing, is that Japan’s nuclear industry was not operated or regulated effectively or honestly.
Japanese utilities are showing financial problems post-Fukushima, Tohoku, Chubu, Kyushu, three companies that are falling into the red, Hokuriku, Kansai, and Okinawa are three companies whose income declined. TEPCO is also expected to announce financial results in early November.
Because these companies can not operate a nuclear power, thermal power generation has increased the proportion of high fuel costs. But instead of investing in alternative options for production, the Utilities appear to prefer using any methods necessary to restart their nuclear force, without addressing the critical issues at hand.
It is likely that the government will again yield to whichever side has the biggest stick.
Rather than invest in new technologies, so far it seems the utilities will continue to blame the government for their problems, and will push as hard as they can for immediate restarts, despite the fact that most local governments have not agreed to any resumption of operations.
Despite the fact that there is no end in sight to the Fukushima disaster, and authorities already estimate over 30 years for decomissioning, in the Utilities minds they should still be able to operate busines as usual. If the utilities do nothing to advance alternative production, then they will have more motivation to restart the nuclear reactors, rather than responsibly and faithfully following through with their promise to allow these mandatory shutdowns to continue.