(Mainichi: April 7, 2015 – p. 7)
The government is conducting discussions on the optimal composition of electric power sources for 2030. In this regard, the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren) issued on April 6 a proposal calling for nuclear power to make up over 25% of the nation’s total electricity generation. Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara said at a press conference, “Maintaining a certain level of nuclear power is necessary both for energy policy and global warming countermeasures.” Regarding the ratio of base load power sources including nuclear power that can stably generate electricity, the chairman expressed the view that “it is necessary to maintain a ratio of around 60% like Europe and the U.S.”
Keidanren also pointed out “the current inefficiency, instability, and high cost” (according to a Keidanren official) of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, and called for setting the ratio at around 15%, which is lower than the ratio for nuclear power. This represents a counterargument against the ratio of around 25% that is currently under consideration by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.