One common argument against Shinzo Abe that I often hear is that he is off doing nuclear power station “top sales” all around the world, but instead should be selling renewables; even Friday’s News Station had the anchor making the same comment on his visit to Portugal.
Now, let’s not get bogged down on the “instead”, but ponder why he is not putting a similar effort into selling solar and wind technologies.
My opinion is that it is not really his responsibility; nuclear (like weapon sales, etc) is a government-level decision in the order of hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars that requires head-of-state level agreement, whereas solar is on the whole smaller-scale projects, even if the sum total might exceed nuclear for a given country. Therefore, it is METI-level (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) support that is needed for such sales, not Abe-level.
I’m sure I saw figures somewhere recently that said the growth of investment in solar was highest in Japan, but while searching I found Singapore investing $500 million, GE $100-200 million, and First Solar another $100 million, so now I am totally confused.
Can someone help me understand?