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Japan's onsen tradition stymies development of geothermal energy

About 80 per cent of Japan's geothermal resources lie in onsen or nature reserves, according to Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.


WITH centuries of tradition on their side, Japan's horde of naked bathers remain unmoved by the island nation's bid to tap a rich reserve of power equivalent to about 20 nuclear reactors.

The resource-poor country, which last year spent 18.2 trillion yen (S$233.2 billion)