Tokyo, May 7.- Japan is facing the worst energy crisis in its history after 53 nuclear plants were shut down, according to the local press.
The influential Asahi Shimbun newspaper pointed out that the Japanese people's prospects are fluctuating between two issues, the fear of unsafe nuclear energy and the doubts about whether the country can function without it or not.
On Saturday, Hokkaido Electric Power shut down the last of 50 reactors that were still functioning after the crisis caused by the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami.
The disaster caused by the earthquake and the tsunami brought about serious questions to the energy generation policy on the basis of nuclear plants and the lack of adequate decisions in that sense.
According to preliminary estimates, losses are equivalent to over 300 billion USD, plus over 30,000 deaths and missing people, the evacuation of over 80,000 people, and four million people affected by the disaster.(PL)