Photo of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a press conference on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
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Japan’s prime minister said on Wednesday that his country will restart more decommissioned nuclear power plants and consider the feasibility of developing next-generation reactors.
Comments by Fumio Kishida, mentioned before ReutersAnd the Based on observations he made back in MayAnd it comes at a time when Japan – a major energy importer – is looking to bolster its options amid ongoing uncertainty in global energy markets and the war between Russia and Ukraine.
If the move is fully realized, the move will mark a shift in the country’s energy policy after the Fukushima disaster in 2011, when a powerful earthquake and tsunami led to the collapse of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Most of Japan’s nuclear plants have remained idle since then, but attitudes seem to be changing. Earlier this month, the former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency said that public support in Japan to restart nuclear power It now stands at over 60%.
Japan targets carbon neutrality by 2050. Under an “ambitious outlook”, the country’s Sixth Strategic Energy Plan envisages that renewables will make up 36% to 38% of the power generation mix in 2030, with nuclear power responsible for 20% to 22% .
“The stable use of nuclear energy will be promoted on the basis of the main premise that it is necessary to gain public confidence in nuclear energy and to ensure safety,” according to the Outline the plan.
— CNBC’s Li Yingshan contributed to this report