Japan's energy policy to retain nuclear power

In clarifying its medium- to long-term energy mix, Japan's government will maintain its current share of nuclear energy with the proviso that safety is assured, according to reports.

The Japanese government will revise its current energy policy, devised in 2010, by the end of 2013. According to reports, the policy will contain revisions and reflections upon the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster, which began with the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Policy revision work will begin in November. A subcommittee called the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy will be in charge of revisions.

Energy policy as it exists today in Japan calls nuclear power a key source of electric power. Japan also has a policy written to increase the proportion of its power generation that produces no greenhouse gases or carbon dioxide — up to 70 percent non-emitting sources by 2030.

Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe said his government would strive to cut Japan's reliance upon nuclear energy wherever possible.

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