October 31, 2013
Business leader calls for use of nuclear power
The head of a major business organization has urged the Japanese government to give nuclear power a position of importance in its new energy policy.
Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Tadashi Okamura met on Thursday with trade and industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi.
The government plans to draw up a new basic energy plan by the end of this year.
Okamura argued nuclear power should be included in the variety of energy options in order to create a feasible policy.
He said nuclear power is essential to the stable power supply necessary for smooth economic activity.
And Okamura urged the minister to revise the policy set by the former Democrats-led government of abolishing nuclear power by the 2030s.
Motegi responded on the basis of mid- to long-term policy, saying the planned roles for each energy source will be clarified within the next 3 years.
And he said the government will work to build a full, responsible policy within 10 years