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Cabinet Decision on the New Strategic Energy Plan

July 3, 2018

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

The Government of Japan formulates the Strategic Energy Plan in order to show to the public the basic direction of Japan's energy policy under the Basic Act on Energy Policy.

On July 3, 2018, the Cabinet approved the new Strategic Energy Plan as the basis for the orientation of Japan's new energy policy towards 2030 and further towards 2050, considering the changes in energy environments inside and outside Japan.

1. Background

The Strategic Energy Plan is a policy document formulated by the Government under the Basic Act on Energy Policy, which entered into force in June 2002. The plan presents the basic direction of Japan's energy policy, based on fundamental principles, namely, "safety," "energy security," "improvement of economic efficiency," and "environmental suitability."

Deliberations had been held at the Strategic Policy Committee of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy since August 2017, and a draft was presented on May 16, 2018. After an amendment based on comments presented through the procedures for public comment, the draft was approved by the Cabinet on July 3, 2018.

2. Outline

Based on the Government's commitment to learning from and reflecting on the experience of the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the new 5th Strategic Energy Plan presents the basic direction of Japan's energy policy towards 2030 and further towards 2050.

Efforts to achieve an optimal energy mix are only partly accomplished. The new plan emphasizes the strengthening of such efforts to ensure continued, concrete results towards 2030.

Towards 2050, the new plan seeks to achieve energy transitions and decarbonization, in light of the global momentum in this direction and in enforcement of the Paris Agreement, and to pursue all tenable options toward this end.

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Energy Strategy Office, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Commissioner's Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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