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Zero Nuclear Basic Bill shelved for two years

  • March 9, 2020
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

By Yoko Ono, staff writer

 

Bills sponsored by opposition parties that sought to abolish nuclear power generation and increase the use of renewable energy sources have been shelved in the Diet without being discussed once, for as long as two years in the longest case. While the government and the ruling parties have shown interest in using more renewable energy, they have not agreed to deliberate on the opposition bills because they go counter to the Abe administration’s intention of resuming the nation’s nuclear power plant operations.

 

In general, bills introduced by lawmakers are discussed after government-sponsored bills.  A member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) who is on the Lower House Committee on Economy and Industry said, “It is difficult to discuss bills introduced by Diet members before discussing those submitted by the government.”

 

Even after all government bills were deliberated on, an opposition-sponsored bill would not be taken up unless the ruling parties, which hold a majority in the Diet, agree. In June 2018, during an extended Diet session, the ruling parties did not even agree to convening the committee to deliberate on the Zero Nuclear Bill, which was the only bill left to discuss. (Abridged)

 

                         Phasing out of Nuclear Power/Renewable Energy-related Bills

Time Introduced

Bill

Goals

Sponsor Party

(at the time)

March, 2018

Zero Nuclear Basic Act

Immediate suspension of all nuclear power plants and decommission within five years of enactment

Constitutional Democratic Party (CDP), Japanese Communist Party (JCP), Social Democratic Party of Japan (SDP), and Liberal Party

June 2019

Bill to promote utilization of decentralized energy systems

Local power generation for local consumption

CDP, Democratic Party for the People (DPP), JCP, and SDP

June 2019

Bill to promote utilization of thermal energy

Promotion of use of waste heat to reduce electricity consumption

CDP, JCP, and SDP

June 2019

Bill to make it mandatory for public facilities to conserve energy and use renewable energy

Improvement of heat insulation capacity of public buildings to reduce electricity consumption

CDP, DPP, JCP, and SDP

June 2019

Energy Cooperative Bill

Improved environment for private-sector renewable energy business

CDP, DPP, JCP, and SDP

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