Japan will scrap a plan for 50 per cent of total power capacity to come from nuclear and will instead promote renewable energy and conservation as a result of its ongoing nuclear crisis, the prime minister said.
According to the Associated Press, Naoto Kan said Japan needs to "start from scratch" on its long-term energy policy after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was heavily damaged by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami and began leaking radiation.
Nuclear plants supplied about 30 per cent of Japan's electricity, and the government had planned to raise that to 50 per cent by 2030.
Kan told a news conference that nuclear and fossil fuel used to be the pillars of Japanese energy policy but now the government will add two more pillars: renewable energy such as solar, wind and biomass, and an increased focus on conservation.
"We will thoroughly ensure safety for nuclear power generation and make efforts to further promote renewable energy," an area where Japan has lagged, he said.
Kan said Japan will have to compile Japan's new energy policy in a report for submission to the International Atomic Energy Agency in June. He did not give any numerical estimates for each source of energy in the new policy.