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Cabinet Decision on the Sixth Strategic Energy Plan

October 22, 2021

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

Today, the Cabinet approved the Sixth Strategic Energy Plan after much deliberation by the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, taking into consideration the various challenges facing Japan's energy supply and demand structure, and the changes in the energy situation since the formulation of the Fifth Strategic Energy Plan in 2018 (such as the global trend toward decarbonization and the heightened tensions regarding international energy security).
*The English version was posted on October 28.
Statement by Minister Hagiuda on the Strategic Energy Plan

1. Background

The Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy began its deliberations in October 2020, and a draft was presented on July 21, 2021. After amendments based on Public Comment and others, the Sixth Strategic Energy Plan was approved by the Cabinet on October 22, 2021.

2. Outline

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident at the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.  Steadily moving forward with the reconstruction in Fukushima and giving safety priority over all other considerations are the major premises for promoting energy policy.

Furthermore, the S+3E perspective will be essential to the implementation of energy policy. (S+3E means first and foremost ensuring stable supply and realizing low cost energy supply by enhancing its efficiency on the premise of safety while making maximum efforts to pursue environment suitability.)

Moreover, the Sixth Strategic Energy Plan has been formulated with two key themes: (1) showing the approach to energy policy toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 announced last October and the GHG emission reduction target announced this April; and (2) presenting initiatives to ensure stable supply and reduce energy costs based on the major premise of ensuring safety, in order to solve challenges facing Japan's energy supply and demand structure while taking action against climate change.

* The English text will be posted at a later date on the following page. For further details, please refer to the link below.

Division in Charge

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

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