A few months ago I wrote about Japan’s push for solar panels by the year 2030. I felt that it wasn’t enough and that it wasn’t soon enough. Sharp, one of Japan’s largest electronics companies, and the largest solar manufacture is on the forefront of Japan new considerations for energy.
After the recent (and still ongoing) nuclear power plant crisis in Japan, Japan is rethinking it’s energy policies. The main push is currently to reduce power usage, putting a strain on large electronic companies such as Sharp. However, they also stand to gain because they are the largest producer of solar panels. Though according to the latest article in the Wall Street Journal, Sharp seems to be hesitant on which road they would like to take.
A push for solar panels and more efficient energy would help them sell more solar panels, but solar panels do not have a high return for Sharp, and the policy changes may cause companies like Sharp to pay more for their energy usage (shouldn’t be a problem if Sharp was using more solar power).
Having lived in Japan for some time now, I can say that Japan does not adapt to change easy and big policy changes are always met with a lot of resistance. Can Japan push into a green energy country? As much as I would like to say “yes”, I have my doubts.