- Paperback: 122 pages
- Publisher: Nature's Face Publications (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982900430
- ISBN-13: 978-0982900437
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,335,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japan's Tipping Point: Crucial Choices in the Post-Fukushima World Paperback – November 1, 2011
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On May 5, 2012 Japan shut down the last of its 50 nuclear reactors after the Fukashima disaster.
Japan, like the rest of the world is at a tipping point: it can go renewable or continue on its fossil/nuclear path. Pendergrast traveled through post-Fukashima Japan to survey a wide range of small-scale renewable energy projects. Tipping Point is unflinching in looking at the political and economic obstacles facing each of these projects. As I read the book, I could not help thinking that Pendergrast had found and reported on dozens of real reasons for hope. Although none of the renewable energy projects was in itself a single 'magic bullet' to solve Japan's energy crisis, when combined they may offer a profound opportunity. If Japan chooses to go renewable, each of these small projects shows a proven way to implement a workable solution within the Japanese culture and political system.
Tipping Point is a important book about a subject of critical importance to the entire industrialized world.Read more ›
He emphasizes the several methods of energy conservation, generally underused, available to the Japanese. He also addresses the nuclear station meltdown following the tsunami several years ago.
This is a very worthwhile book. It is not a page-tuner. But a reporter's first-hand account ought not be. And it is an account of a nation with advanced technogies (some of which have gone wrong).
No one in the technological and scientific worlds can fault the quality of Japanese engineering, which for the most part is second to none But the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was not purely the fault of its engineers. Pendergrast's book throws an embarrassing light on the decisions that were made by the plant's owners not to pay for and to put in place backup systems robust enough for the worst eventuality, and on the lax, conflicted and often contradictory muddle of government regulations that allowed the inevitable failure to occur. The Achilles' heel of Japanese culture has been summed up by the expression. "deru kugi wa, utareru", meaning, "the nail that sticks up gets hammered down".Read more ›
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When I was a high school teacher with classes in current affairs and American foreign policy, I would love to have had Mark Pendergrast, excellent JAPAN'S TIPPING POINT, to... Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Bill Mare
I just finished reading "Japan's Tipping Point" by Mark Pendergrast which is now available as either a paperback or as an ebook! Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by Capt.D
A well-written, short biography of Japan which offers a glimpse into its past, present¸ and future. Mark Pendergrast has gathered an amazing amount of knowledge about how Japan... Read morePublished on November 6, 2011 by Alan Tompkins