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As Japan’s election approaches, nuclear energy policy emerges as key difference

Nuclear energy policy emerges as key difference between Abe and Koike, Japan Times, 30 Sept 17 

JIJI Nuclear power is emerging as a key policy issue ahead of the Oct. 22 Lower House election, with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike saying her new party will aim to phase it out.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party view nuclear power as a stable source of energy and want to put more of the nation’s idled reactors back online.

 But Koike’s Kibo no To (Party of Hope) is exploring a policy that would eventually eliminate the use of nuclear energy.

“We’ll examine how to bring down the reliance to zero by 2030,” Koike told a news conference on Thursday.

Current government targets call for an energy mix in which nuclear power accounts for about 22 percent. The plan also calls for the use of liquefied natural gas (27 percent), coal (26 percent) and renewable energy (22-24 percent)……..


October 2, 2017 - Posted by | Japan, politics

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