On July 1, a new law takes effect requiring utilities to purchase electricity generated from five renewable energy sources at a fixed price for a set length of time, under what is known as a feed-in tariff system.

The law was approved on the morning of March 11, 2011, by then Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Cabinet, just a few hours before the Great East Japan Earthquake and monster tsunami hit, claiming some 19,000 lives and putting the government’s long-pushed nuclear power goals totally out of public favor.

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