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Saturday, July 7, 2012
State to pursue offshore wind farms, storage cells
The government plans to pursue green growth policies centered on wind power, next-generation vehicles and storage batteries to power future economic expansion.
The proposals were revealed Thursday at a meeting of the National Strategy Council and are expected to be reflected in a revitalization strategy to be compiled as early as this month.
Having decided to reduce Japan's dependence on nuclear power in light of the Fukushima crisis, the government aims to step up efforts to expand renewable energies and related technologies to foster new industries and job growth.
It also plans to introduce specific measures to promote the development and spread of vehicle and battery technologies in a policy outline to be compiled later this year.
"Green growth policies are our trump card for Japan's revitalization and for new economic expansion. It is also essential for a steady reduction of the country's dependence on atomic energy," national policy minister Motohisa Furukawa said at a news conference after the meeting.
"The government will make all-out efforts to this end."
On Japan's energy supply, the government will support the development of technologies for offshore wind power plants and other maritime development.
The government also plans to support the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles, looking to double their travel distances per charge from about 120 km at present to 200 km by 2020.
To encourage greater use of storage batteries, it aims to promote their installation at hospitals, schools and other public facilities while taking steps to reduce installation costs.