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What can inspire a nation to make a serious push for clean energy? In the case of Japan, it may have been the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Amid safety fears, the New York Times reports, all 50 of the country’s nuclear reactors — which once provided for 30 percent of its energy — are currently down and awaiting inspection. In the meantime, the government is investing in a massive project to develop offshore wind energy.

The Times explains how technological advances, along with the need for new sources of energy, make this the ideal moment for Japan to embrace wind power: