Japan’s powerful hot springs industry hopes geothermal energy potential stays untapped

-- Mar 18
Hot springs, or onsens, are among the most popular attractions for tourists in Japan, but the industry is also blocking the country’s further development of geothermal resources.

Although Japan reportedly has the world’s third largest geothermal resources with more than 100 active volcanoes, only 0.3 per cent of electricity is produced from geothermal across the nation. A hot spring town in the northeastern Japanese prefecture of Fukushima is exploring a way to have its onsen industry coexist with a geothermal plant. ...continue reading

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