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Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order to Specify Provisions for Related Cabinet Orders Associated with Enforcement of the Revised Gas Business Act

On March 17, 2017, in preparation for the entry into force of the Act for Partial Revision of the Electricity Business Act (hereinafter referred to as the “Revised Act”), which is to fully liberalize entry into the gas retail market and was enacted at the 189th ordinary session of the Diet in 2015, the Cabinet approved a Cabinet Order to stipulate transitional measures necessary for the enforcement of the Revised Act and to specify provisions for related Cabinet Orders requiring amendment that are associated with the enforcement of said act.

1. Details of the Amended Act

 As an initiative under the third phase of the Energy System Reform, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) organized provisions related to the Revised Act to fully liberalize entry into the gas retail market. The Revised Act was enacted during the 189th ordinary session of the Diet in 2015 and will enter into force on April 1, 2017.

2. Outline of the Cabinet Order

(1) Provisions for Related Cabinet Orders Associated with Enforcement of the Revised Act

The Gas Business Act used to define “a general gas utility business,” “a gas pipeline service business,” and other such businesses as types of gas businesses before it was amended pursuant to the Revised Act. As the revised Gas Business Act now stipulates “a gas retail business” and “a general gas pipeline service business,” the Cabinet Orders that quoted from the Act as it was before the revision were revised to correspond to the revised Act.

(2) Formulation of Transitional Measures Necessary for the Enforcement of the Revised Act

Transitional measures prescribing the preparatory actions related to the registration of changes in gas retail business and preparatory actions related to the revision of the general provisions for wheeling service related to the general gas pipeline service business were stipulated.

Release date

March 17, 2017

Division in Charge

 Gas Market Office, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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