Japan, a country roughly the size of California (but with a population more than three times ours), runs 55 nuclear power reactors at 17 sites. Here’s a list of plants from the Japanese power industry. Note that the Fukushima Daiichi site that’s the scene of the current nuclear crisis has six reactors on site, with two more scheduled to be built in the next few years.

Where are all those reactors? The International Nuclear Safety Center at the Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago offers this map, complete with data on each nuclear site.

And here’s a breakdown of Japan’s nukes from another industry group, the World Nuclear Association.

And a little critical perspective in view of current events. Wall Street Journal: Crisis Revives Doubts on Regulation


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke (Twitter: @danbrekke) has worked in media ever since Nixon's first term, when newspapers were still using hot type. He had moved on to online news by the time Bill Clinton met Monica Lewinsky. He's been at KQED since 2007, is an enthusiastic practitioner of radio and online journalism and will talk to you about absolutely anything. Reach Dan Brekke at dbrekke@kqed.org.

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