Talk:Japan and coal
The March 11, 2011 disaster at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant has increased demand for coal in many industrialized countries. "The coal industry stands to gain from Japan's natural disaster, which brought about serious concerns and questions about the usage and safety of nuclear powered industries."  
The U.S. Geological Survey states that "Coal imports by Japan reached 186 Mt [million tonnes - ed] in 2007, which was an increase of 5.2% compared with those of 2006. Of the total, thermal coal accounted for 54%; coking coal, 43%; and anthracite, 3%. Coking coal imports increased by only 0.4% to 80 Mt whereas thermal coal imports increased by 10.2% to 101 Mt. Imports from Australia, which accounted for 61% of the total tonnage, increased by 9.8% to 113 Mt and those from Indonesia, which accounted for 18% of the total, increased by 3.5% to 33 Mt. Imports from China, which accounted for 8% of the total, however, decreased by 26.7% to 15 Mt.
- "Global Coal Consumption to Reach 5,168 Million Tons of Oil Equivalent (MTOE) by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc," San Francisco Chronicle, January 31, 2012.
- "Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster," Wikipedia, accessed February 7, 2012.
- Chin S. Kuo, "The Mineral Industry of Japan", U.S. Geological Survey, April 2009, page 6.