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Five Things to Know About Energy in Japan

Basic information about Japan’s energy situation is indispensable when examining the prospects for renewable energy sources here. We kick off our series with a quiz to see what you know about things like Japan’s energy self-sufficiency ratio and the price of gas.

Q1: What percentage of Japan’s energy needs is met by domestic energy sources?

Japan is poor in natural resources and relies heavily on imported energy. What ratio of its energy can be supplied by domestic energy sources?


1% 4% 8% 12%

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Q2: Which country is the most energy efficient?

One benchmark for indicating how efficiently a country is using energy is to divide the amount of total energy a country uses by its GDP.


Britain Japan Germany France United States China

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Q3: What share of Japan’s energy comes from renewable sources?

Awareness of renewable energy sources like solar, geothermal, and wind power is on the rise in Japan. As of 2008, what share of Japan’s energy usage comes from renewable energy?


3% 5% 10% 20%

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Q4: How many nuclear reactors are operating in Japan?

Japan has a total of 54 reactors at its nuclear power plants. Of those, how many of them operating as of September 2012?


None 2 16 34 All of them

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Q5: How much does one liter of gasoline cost in Japan?

Japan relies on imports for virtually all of its oil. What is the average price of one liter of gasoline as of September 2012?


¥85.2 ¥103.5 ¥121.1 ¥148.2

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Originally written in Japanese by Kimura Ryōji.

  • [2012.10.11]
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