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Shinzo Abe reelected as tensions in Asia rise

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Japan has in the past decade been hit by two major financial crises. The first one was the global financial crisis of 2008 and the second one came about following the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. The latter resulted in a nuclear meltdown and forced the Japanese government to immediately cease operations at all other nuclear power plants in the country, which together generated almost a third of all electricity consumed in Japan. As Japan increasingly relied on fossil fuel powered electricity in the aftermath of Fukushima, increased imports of… Read more

‘Energiewende’ boosts German renewable sector but change in policy leads to growth deceleration

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Germany has set some of the most ambitious green energy targets for itself, not only in Europe but also the world. This decision has come about due to strong public opinion in favor of green energy in the country, especially as an increasing percentage of the population becomes aware of the negative consequences of global warming on the planet. Liberal feed-tariff rates have subsequently pushed Germany to become one of the largest producers of renewable energy in the world, with the country ranking third globally with regards to total cumulative… Read more

Toshiba $6.3bn write-down

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Originally the board of Toshiba wanted to sell just 19.9% of the semiconductor making business, which was expected to raise $2bn, maybe more. In hanging on to the majority of the business Toshiba would be able to maintain control over the business from which 80% of operating profit is derived. Yet the banks saw the matter differently. Whilst the sale of the majority of the business solves many problems, it creates a fresh set. The more the ‘crown jewels’ of Toshiba are sold off, the harder making a profit becomes…. Read more

Brexit – the meaning of a messy divorce for the Euro area.

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The lending channel between many industries and banks in the Euro area has been far from normal since 2008. This factor puts Britain in a better position to negotiate Brexit next year. The Euro area will embark on a period of further unprecedented slowdown by detaching itself from the world’s fourth largest economy. Credit to industries coming from the banking sector is key for the region to grow as the single currency area has a bank-based model as opposed to a capital market model. Debt financing to companies is largely… Read more

Increasingly stringent government regulations will change the face of the energy consumption sector

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The energy consumption sector accounts for total energy consumption over a range of different end uses, such as industrial, transport, residential, and commercial. The issue of energy consumption is a contentious one, due to its inextricable links to contentious issues such as pollution and emissions, climate change, and the environment, as well as issues related to usage of nuclear power and fossil fuels. An ongoing debate about nuclear power as a source of energy remains. Proponents argue that nuclear power is safe and sustainable, and one which reduces carbon emissions,… Read more

Fukushima incident keeps the Global Nuclear Energy Industry subdued

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Introduction: Political constraints have contributed to nuclear energy declining in 2012 in both output and volumes. Industry Figures: The global industry contracted by -7.4% in 2012, to reach a value of $137bn, indicating a compound annual rate of change (CARC) of 3.9% in the period 2008-2012. Asia-Pacific and Americas were primarily responsible for the decline.  Japan’s continued reactor shutdowns contributing to the catastrophic decline. Elsewhere, in the US, the largest nuclear energy market, companies are feeling cautious about any further investment in the current macroeconomic environment. In Europe, Germany has ordered the… Read more

Siemens’ move from nuclear energy to renewable energy

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Following the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami on the 11th March 2011, and the ensuing nuclear disaster, Siemens AG announced on September 19th 2011 its exit from the nuclear power industry. Siemens announced its withdrawal from the nuclear power industry with immediate effect as a result of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and due to the position of German society and politics, however the company stressed it was not pressured by the German government. Although there is growing public and governmental distrust of nuclear power production volumes are forecast to… Read more