Japan will reduce its reliance on nuclear power, while also seeking to promote conservation and clean energy sources, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated in comments to parliament today.
“We will work to promote an energy conservation society and introduce renewable energy,” Abe said. “On that basis, reliance on nuclear power will be cut as much as possible.”
Abe was joined by economy minister Toshimitsu Motegi in telling lawmakers that nuclear energy, which once supplied more than a quarter of the nation’s electricity before the Fukushima accident, must still be part of Japan’s energy mix.
The government has proposed an energy plan that describes nuclear energy as “an important base load energy source.”
The draft presented by the government on Feb. 25 requires approval by the Cabinet. The draft will be reviewed by the ruling parties before Cabinet approval, Motegi said this week.
In addition to nuclear power, the program also defines hydroelectric, geothermal and coal power as continuous and low cost sources of energy for Japan.
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