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Japan sticks with 20%-22% goal for nuclear in the energy mix

Fukushima still looms over debate and some plants are nearing termination

Nuclear power has been the topic of intense debate in Japan ever since the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in 2011.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is standing firm by its goal of expanding nuclear energy into 20% to 22% of the country's energy mix by 2030, though it still lacks a clear strategy for promoting nuclear power in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns in 2011.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Wednesday drafted a new outline for Japan's energy strategy over the medium to long term, which could win cabinet approval as early as this summer. This would replace the existing policy crafted in 2014.

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