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Kishida Pushes for More "Indispensible" Nuclear Power

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hopes to speed up restarts of idled reactors, and plans to set in motion work on "innovative reactors” for construction in the 2030s. Kishida told the Aug. 24 second meeting of a Cabinet-level advisory council that nuclear power is "indispensible," and "it is necessary to mobilize the collective efforts of all parties concerned toward" nuclear restarts. Further details are unlikely before year's end, but a report by Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura called for the restart "around next summer or winter" of seven reactors, on top of the ten currently operational. In the second half of the 2020s the report envisaged Nuclear Regulatory Authority safety reviews of 10 reactors for which restart applications have been made and nine for which they haven't. That's in line with a 2030 target of nuclear providing 20-22% of Japan's electricity. Nishimura also outlined a menu of long-term energy strategies including "innovative reactors," renewable energy and upstream resource security.

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