Editorials Jan 8, 2017

Energy policy needs overhaul

Japan's energy policy is at a crossroads. The government's basic energy plan revised in 2014 — after the March 2011 triple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima No. 1 plant led to the shutdown of most of the nation's nuclear power reactors — continued ...

Editorials Jan 26, 2015

Making the most of cheaper oil

The steep fall in crude oil prices has certainly benefited consumers, but Japan needs to develop a wise energy policy that shields it from the vagaries of oil-price fluctuations over the long term.

Critics hit nuke power justification

National | FOCUS Apr 16, 2014

Critics hit nuke power justification

by Miya Tanaka

The new Basic Energy Plan endorsed last week that underscores the need to continue to use nuclear power, marking an important milestone in energy policy since the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster started. But the content of the plan still appears open to ...

Editorials Apr 11, 2014

Energy plan looks to the past

The Abe government's new Basic Energy Plan fails to set a clear direction for the nation's energy policy, which has been clouded by safety concerns ever since three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant melted down in March 2011.

Energy plan fails to set targets for renewables

Business / Economy Apr 9, 2014

Energy plan fails to set targets for renewables

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's final version of a draft energy report reinforces the role of nuclear power in the country's future, but falls short of setting specific goals for renewable energy use. The policy describes nuclear power as "an important base-load energy ...

National Mar 30, 2014

Green energy feud holds energy policy hostage

The ruling parties and the government are still butting heads on how to rewrite the nation's energy policy as renewable energy continues to be a major sticking point. "We were expecting the government to present the final draft so we could endorse it and set ...

Business / Economy Jan 14, 2014

No rush to form new energy policy: Motegi

Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday that he will not be rushed into deciding a new energy policy that supports the use of nuclear power. "We hope to finalize things as early as possible, but we don't want to rush the process because it is ...

National Dec 6, 2013

Japan to say nuclear power is 'important' in draft energy plan

The Abe administration plans to say in a draft of the national medium-term energy plan that nuclear power should continue to be "important" in supplying electricity despite the Fukushima nuclear crisis, sources said. The draft was to be presented Friday to a meeting of a ...