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Climate Economics Seminar: A CGE Analysis of Linking Domestic Emission Trading Schemes: Impacts on Japanese Economy

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Date(s): February 22, 2012, 2-3:30 PM

Location: Room 4150, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Contact: Carl Pasurka, 202-566-2275

Presenter: Shiro Takeda (Kantogakuen University) and Toshi H. Arimura (Sophia University)

Description: The accident at the Fukushima daiichi nuclear power station has caused public opposition to nuclear power generation in Japan. The public opposition makes difficult for the local government to accept the resumed operation of currently stopped reactors under a periodical inspection. All nuclear reactors in Japan could be stopped in 2012.

The purpose of this study is to assess the economy wide impact of the stop of all nuclear reactors in Japan using a domestic multi-regional, multi-sectoral, static computable general equilibrium model. The results of this study indicate that the stop of all nuclear reactors would have a considerable negative impact on Japanese economy and CO2 emissions.

The negative economic impacts are different among regions depending on nuclear-dependency. That could increase regional economic disparity.

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