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Atomic Energy Commission stresses need to secure stable use of nuclear power

  • July 21, 2017
  • , Asahi , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

The Cabinet Office’s Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), headed by Chairman Yoshiaki Oka, announced its basic philosophy on Japan’s long-term nuclear energy policy on July 20. While it believes that nuclear power will continue to be necessary as a low cost source of energy that does not generate greenhouse gases, it acknowledges the need to recover the public’s confidence that was lost after Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The government is set to respect this philosophy by revising related policies such as the Basic Energy Plan.

 

AEC’s report stresses “the need to secure sustained use of nuclear power generation” to prevent electric rate hikes and global warming. It also calls for the government and power companies to “take various steps, such as holding dialogues with the public,” to win back its trust.

 

ARC had developed the basic framework for Japan’s nuclear energy policy as the nation’s “control tower.” However, its role has shifted to that of defining the general direction of policies after the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

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