Ishihara Says Japan Should Get 30% Power From Renewables: Kyodo

Japan should aim to get 30 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2030, the Kyodo news agency reported today, citing Nobuteru Ishihara, the minister of the environment.

The comments come as Japan debates the composition of its energy mix after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The Basic Energy Plan, approved by the cabinet in April, said Japan will aim to introduce clean energy at levels that further exceed previously announced targets.

A plan published in 2010 envisioned Japan getting about 20 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2030.

Renewables may create jobs in regions without major industries and would help revive local communities, Ishihara was quoted by Kyodo as saying.

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