The proposed new energy policy is a major shift from Japan’s decades-long advocacy of nuclear power. It calls for greater reliance on renewable energy, more conservation and sustainable use of fossil fuels and would see Japan joining Germany in turning its back on nuclear energy. The new policy requires endorsement by the entire cabinet, and Japanese news reports say it has already agreed to the changes.
“Based on facing the reality of this grave accident and by learning lessons from the accident, the government has decided to review the national energy strategy from scratch,” a policy document said.
“One of the key pillars of the new strategy is to achieve a society that does not depend on nuclear energy as soon as possible.”
Under the proposals, nuclear reactors would be shut down after 40 years and new ones would no longer be built.