New industry minister vows to secure stable energy supply in Japan
- Aug 10, 2022 4:21 pm GMT
New industry minister
An increasing number of thermal power plants in the country have also been closed down due to aging.
"In order to secure stable energy supply, we will explore all necessary options including taking advantage of nuclear power after safety was assured," Nishimura told a press conference after he took up the post of minister of economy, trade and industry in a
Asked whether he intends to allow power companies to build new nuclear power plants or replace existing ones, Nishimura said he has no such intention or plan at this point in accordance with the government's policy.
Prior to Nishimura's press conference, Prime Minister
Nishimura said nuclear power is a baseload source of electricity critical for achieving a carbon neutral society.
Regarding the Sakhalin 2 oil and gas project in the Russian Far East, Nishimura said there is no policy change in keeping interests of the project as it is vital for stable natural gas supply.
The minister added he plans to exchange opinions with two Japanese trading houses that have been investing in the project.
Besides the issue of stable energy supply, METI faces multiple pending issues such as recovery from the nuclear accident and a plan to discharge treated water containing tritium into the sea from next spring.
"I would like to visit Fukushima as soon as possible and exchange a variety of opinions with relevant parties," Nishimura said.
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