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Japan's Fukushima disaster has useful lessons for energy industries: Matt Canavan -

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The Federal Resources Minister says there's much to be learnt from how Japan's energy industry has adapted after the Fukushima disaster.

When the disaster struck in 2011 and the decision was taken to switch off nuclear power plants around the country, it left a gaping hole in the energy needs of the country.

On the day of the disaster, nuclear power provided 30 per cent of Japan's energy needs.

Since then, much of the demand has been met by new, 'high efficiency and low-emissions' coal-fired power plants which have been built to service the demand.

The Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan spoke to Rachel Mealey.

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Matt Canavan, Federal Resources Minister