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13 January, 2022

METI Minister Hagiuda Discusses U.S. Nuclear Cooperation, Winter Electricity Supply and Demand

In a question-and-answer session at a press conference following a cabinet meeting on January 7, Koichi Hagiuda, head of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) talked about recent developments affecting the country’s nuclear and energy policy, including an online conversation the day before with Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm of the U.S. Department of Energy (U.S.DOE).

METI Minister Hagiuda©Cabinet Public Affairs OfficeMinister Hagiuda told the press that in his remote meeting with Secretary Granholm, he had explained Japan’s activities toward its goal of becoming “2050 carbon neutral” and achieving its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030 by 46% from 2013 levels. He said that the two had exchanged opinions and views on future cooperation between Japan and the U.S., including innovation and societal implementation in a broad range of clean energy areas, including nuclear energy. Regarding the handling water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) treated by ALPS (the Advanced Liquid Processing System for removing multi-nuclides), Granholm expressed her support for Japan’s decision to release the water into the sea, and said that the U.S. would cooperate in the di...more
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