Japan PM pledges 'revolutionary' energy shift
Personal Notes : A follow up on a previous post, so it seems Japan is really going green. Expect incredible stuff, they have an amazing capacity to surprise the rest of the world. Also about this blog, it is turning the focus towards events that impact the global energy reconversion, of course Morocco and North Africa will remain the key focus, but expect more international stuff as well.
Japanese are pro's at reconversion, this one should be rapid and a game changer within the foreseeable future.
Jul 29, 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday pledged a 'revolutionary' shift away from atomic power and towards renewable energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. -- PHOTO: AFP
TOKYO - JAPAN'S Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday pledged a 'revolutionary' shift away from atomic power and towards renewable energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
His cabinet also agreed on a plan to rebuild after the quake and tsunami disaster of March 11, saying reconstruction would cost around 19 trillion yen (S$295 billion) over the next five years.
The embattled premier, who has been fighting calls to resign amid rock-bottom poll ratings, was speaking as a government panel said it would spend the rest of the year working on a new energy strategy.
'We have made a significant decision on energy policy, including nuclear power,' Mr Kan said in a televised press conference.
'As a medium-term revolutionary energy and environmental strategy, we have decided to start a thorough review of nuclear power policy and draw a roadmap for a reduction of the dependence on nuclear power.
'The Japanese government will aim for a society that does not depend on nuclear power and reduce its dependence on nuclear power in a planned and step-by-step manner.' Earlier Friday the national policy minister, Koichiro Gemba, assigned by Mr Kan to draft a plan to reduce atomic energy use, said the government would spend a year drafting a new 'roadmap' on energy policy. -- AFP
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