Japan eyes nuclear in energy plan

The Japanese government's proposed energy plan will likely fall short on setting specific renewable energy targets

The Japanese government's proposed energy plan will likely fall short on setting specific renewable energy targets

The Japanese government’s initial proposals for a basic energy plan, set for release Friday, will likely prioritise nuclear power as a key source of electricity, but will not clarify the precise role that renewable resources will play in the nation’s energy mix.

The draft, scheduled for completion by the end of the month, comes in the face of widespread public opposition to nuclear power generation in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in 2011.

“We would like to expedite efforts to decommission Japan’s nuclear power plants,” Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) director Mika Ohbayashi said at a press conference in Tokyo today.

Japan generated roughly 30% of its electricity from nuclear resources until the Fukushima accident forced a nationwide rethink on energy policy.

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