Nuclear power emphasized as “foundation” of Japan’s energy supply

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A draft of Japan’s national long-term energy policy emphasizes nuclear power as a “foundation” of the energy supply.

The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry is expected to give the draft to a panel that will put together the Basic Energy Plan, according to GlobalPost. In the latest version, it states that nuclear is an “important base-load power source that serves as a foundation” for the stability of Japan’s energy supply. The previous version just said it is “an important base-load power source,” the article said.

The draft also says idled nuclear reactors need to be restarted due to an increase in electricity bills caused by the costs of importing fuel, the article said. The rise in electricity bills is reportedly causing local companies to send business abroad or to close down.

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