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Renewables to form core of Japan's new long-term energy strategy

Nuclear plays undefined but reduced role through 2050

A wind farm in northern Japan. Storage batteries could help plug weather-related gaps in wind and solar power output.

TOKYO -- Japan would seek to make renewable sources central to its energy supply, and ensure a stable flow from weather-dependent solar and wind with advances in battery and hydrogen power technology, under a forthcoming strategy through 2050.

The new strategy, based on the 2015 Paris climate agreement, aims to reduce carbon emissions. A draft version seen by Nikkei sets no numerical targets for the electricity mix and leaves the door open for the use of nuclear energy while aiming to lessen reliance on it.

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