Japan’s crisis has led to a downturn in Toshiba investment. According to one of the corporation’s American partners (NRG Energy), there will be no additional investment in a Texas nuclear power project, due to the “Japanese nuclear plant” crisis. There was the intention of developing a further two reactors near Houston but now David Crane, the company’s president has said that the recent crisis created “multiple uncertainties around new nuclear development in the United States which have had the effect of dramatically reducing the probability [of constructing reactors in the South Texas Project] in a timely fashion.”
US Impacted by Japan’s Crisis
This announcement came in reaction to the Japanese crisis. NRG – as a result of what happened in the Asian region – “will not [be] invest[ing] additional capital in the STP development effort.” It has been said that this indicates that the Japanese crisis “has directly affected the US nuclear power industry.” It remains unclear as to whether Toshiba will move forward with its project with other partners.
New Toshiba Projects
But despite its reservations vis-à-vis the Japanese crisis, Toshiba is still forging ahead with other new and exciting projects. It is due to “launch its first tablet computer” in a couple of months and, according to company’s digital products and services unit president Masaaki Oosumi, “attempt to gain a 10 percent share of the global tablet market by 2013.” It is an impressive PC tablet, based on Android’s 3.0 operating system, priced at approximately ¥60,000 (US$730) in Japan.