"Japan just as it shuts down its last operating nuclear power reactor."


That is pretty amazing. Yes, they did have a disaster with a nuclear plant but they were the country most dependent on nuclear power http://investing.curiouscatblog.net/2011/03/16/nuclear-power-production-by-country-from-1985-2009/ (maybe a case can be made they are second to France). Japan has very limited alternatives (they are very natural resource poor).

"Japan is debating renewable energy targets of between 25 percent to 35 percent of total power generation by 2030, looking to Germany, which raised the proportion of renewables from 5 percent in 1990 to 20 percent by 2010.

Many believe Japan has little choice but to restart nuclear reactors even in the face of spirited public opposition. Utilities predict power supplies could fall 16 percent below demand in western Japan during the summer peak.
The government is eager to restart some reactors in coming months if it can persuade skeptical local leaders and residents that they are safe."

I certainly do believe investing large amounts in wind and solar energy generation is wise. Whether they can afford to keep all their nuclear plants shut down, I question, but I guess we will see. I am amazed they actualy have them all shut down now.
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