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Agency for Natural Resources and Energy The Cabinet Approves the FY 2017 Annual Report on Energy (Japan’s Energy White Paper 2018)

The Annual Report on Energy (also known as the “Energy White Paper”) overviews the measures on energy that the Government of Japan conducted in the previous fiscal year, which is submitted to the Diet pursuant to Article 11 of the Basic Act on Energy Policy (Act No. 71 of 2002).
On June 8, 2018, the Cabinet approved the Energy White Paper 2018, and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) hereby publicizes the details.

Outline of the Energy White Paper 2018

The White Paper introduces the following issues in light of the current state of affairs and the policy trends surrounding the energy field.

(1) History of Japan concerning energy since the Meiji Restoration

  • History of changes in Japan’s conditions and policy options from the Meiji Restoration until the Great East Japan Earthquake

(2) Progress in Fukushima’s Reconstruction

  • Measures taken toward decommissioning the units 1 to 4 reactors at the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
  • Amendments to the roadmap toward the decommissioning (removal of fuel debris, etc.)
  • Measures taken in evacuation instruction zones, etc.

(3) Energy situation inside and outside Japan and challenges therein

  • Progress toward and challenges to the 2030 energy mix
  • Forecast of changes in and challenges to the energy situation toward 2050

(The current states of measures taken by major countries against global warming, the current states of Japan’s energy security, energy technologies and Japanese companies’ possibilities, etc.)

In addition, the White Paper 2018 also describes the trends in energy supply and demand and the outline of FY2017 energy measures that Japan achieved.


Release date

June 8, 2018

Division in Charge

Research and Public Relations Office, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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