Japan, smaller nuclear role

Tokyo, May 25, 2012 – Japan is leaning toward a policy of halving nuclear power's share of electricity supply from pre-Fukushima levels to about 15 percent by 2030.

That would be a victory of sorts for a nuclear industry that has been under fire since a huge earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima atomic plant in March 2011, triggering meltdowns in the world's worst radiation accident in a quarter century.

With discussions on shaping future energy policy extending over months, the government has already pledged to reduce the role of nuclear power and in to decommission reactors after they have been running for 40 years.

Nuclear power provided about 30 percent of Japan's electricity needs before the Fukushima disaster.

Some experts and lawmakers also want to set a target to exit nuclear power by 2050.

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