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Japan to discuss whether to build new nuclear reactors

  • December 4, 2017
  • , Jiji Press , 5:56 p.m.
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Tokyo, Dec. 4 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s industry ministry will begin full-fledged discussions spring next year on whether to build new nuclear power reactors in order to meet the country’s greenhouse gas reduction goal, officials said.

The discussions are part of the government’s plans to update its basic energy program through 2030. The focus will be on how nuclear power generation, which emits no carbon dioxide, can be maintained in order to achieve the country’s target of cutting gas emissions by 80 pct.

The ministry plans to include a long-term view through 2050 in the program, based on a proposal from Masahiro Sakane, consultant at machinery maker Komatsu Ltd. <6301>, who sits on a panel that discusses the update.

The energy program is reviewed every three years. At a panel meeting late last month, Sakane said, “We need to address both nuclear power and global warming issues to reach a conclusion.”

The government’s energy mix plan calls for nuclear power to make up 20-22 pct of all electricity sources in fiscal 2030, which ends in March 2031, a target requiring some 30 nuclear reactors.

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