USA | Kan Says Japan to Announce Overview of Energy Plan Shortly

Posted on July 12, 2011

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USA | BLOOMBERG | 12 July 2011

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Japan will compile an energy plan that does away with previous assumptions about relying on nuclear energy, adding it will be announced “in the not too distant future.”

“We should scrap the plan to increase dependency on nuclear energy to 53 percent by 2030,” Kan said today in parliament. “We must reduce our reliance on nuclear energy and it will be reduced.”

Kan said the government’s energy plan will take into consideration that it will take time to increase reliance on renewable energy. Japan’s government said yesterday it would keep nuclear reactors halted until after the completion of safety tests amid concerns about energy shortages this summer.

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, sparking the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Almost two-thirds of Japan’s 54 reactors have been shut by the disaster or because of regular checks, leading to power-saving measures in parts of the country.

Kan also apologized for the “confusion” over the stress tests on nuclear power reactors while calling yesterday’s measure an “important step forward.”

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