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Nuclear power there to stay...

December 6, 2013

Govt. to keep nuclear power as base source



Japanese government officials have drafted a basic energy policy designed to keep nuclear power generation as an important base source of electricity.

The draft presented on Friday to an industry ministry energy policy panel says Japan must reduce its reliance on nuclear power as much as possible.

But it also says the country will continue nuclear power generation if power plant safety is ensured. It says the method produces a steady electricity supply at a low cost without worsening climate change.

The plan marks a major shift from a policy drawn up last year by the Democratic Party government aimed at ending nuclear power generation in the 2030s. It also called for a halt to building reactors.

The new draft does not mention any plan to build or rebuild nuclear power plants.

On renewable energy sources, the draft says Japan aims to promote renewable energy sources as promising domestic resources for the next 3 years or so.

The government plans to get the new policy approved by Cabinet early next year.

Dec. 6, 2013 - Updated 10:45 UTC

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