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12 June, 2018

Cabinet Approves FY2017 White Paper on Energy Policy, Including Overview from Mid-1800s to 2050

On June 8, Japan’s Cabinet approved the White Paper on Energy Policy for FY2017 (April 2017 to March 2018), an annual overview of policies on energy supply and demand. The first part of the document takes up progress toward restoration of Fukushima, the same topic as was treated last year.

Also, marking 150 years since the Meiji Restoration (1868), when the emperor’s forces overthrew the shogun, the document also looks back at Japan’s energy history over that period. Against the backdrop of recent progress in discussions on long-term energy policy, the White Paper goes on to address changes in the overall energy situation and issues toward 2050. The White Paper divides Japan’s energy history after the Meiji Restoration into six periods: (1) 1868 to 1900, (2) 1900 through the end of World War II, (3) the postwar period until the era of high economic growth of the 1960s, (4) the 1970s and 1980s, (5) 1990 until the earthquake of March 11, 2011, and (6) the period since the earthquake. Japan’s primary-energy structure of supply and demand has changed over time, as evidence...more
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