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Government’s energy blueprint needs to return to drawing board

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The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has started discussions on the government’s new Basic Energy Plan.

The government should radically recast the overarching vision for Japan’s energy future without being bound by the current plan.

It should seek answers to key questions, such as how much of energy supply should be covered by renewable sources and how to reduce the nation’s dependence on coal and nuclear power.

The energy supply picture has changed drastically over the past several years. But the current Basic Energy Plan, formulated in 2018, is based on the targets concerning power sources set by the METI in 2015. As a result, the blueprint runs counter to the domestic reality and the international trend.

While the current plan cast renewable energy as a “main power source” for the first time, it maintains the target share unchanged at a modest 22 to 24 percent of overall power output in fiscal 2030.

The plan also calls for nuclear........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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