"Geothermal Power, Cheap and Clean, Could Help Run Japan. So Why Doesn’t It?"

"For decades, new plants have been blocked by powerful local interests, the owners of hot spring resorts, that say the sites threaten a centuries-old tradition."

"A treasured getaway for travelers in Japan is a retreat to one of thousands of hot spring resorts nestled in the mountains or perched on scenic coasts, some of which have been frequented for centuries.

All are powered by Japan’s abundant geothermal energy. In fact, Japan sits on so much geothermal energy potential, if harnessed to generate electricity, it could play a major role in replacing the nation’s coal, gas or nuclear plants.

For decades, however, Japan’s geothermal energy ambitions have been blocked by its surprisingly powerful hot spring owners."

Hiroko Tabuchi reports for the New York Times with photographs and video by Chang W. Lee March 22, 2023.

Source: NYTimes, 03/23/2023