IN DEPTH: Fukushima Forward

Marubeni’s Tomofumi Fukuda speaks to reporters at the Fukushima Forward launch

Marubeni’s Tomofumi Fukuda speaks to reporters at the Fukushima Forward launch

With a ceremonial flick of the switch, the room erupted into enthusiastic applause.

The wind conditions were calm that crisp November day, and the floating Hitachi 2MW turbine 20km off the Fukushima coast (but projected onto a screen at the curiously named La La Mew centre) didn’t immediately begin turning. Yet the excitement among the reporters and company executives at the project launch in Onahama, Iwaki City, was palpable, and the broader symbolism of the moment was clear to everyone.

More than two and a half years earlier, a tsunami had devastated Japan’s northeast flank, triggering the nuclear accident that has effectively rendered Log in to read complete article.

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