About Energy

Japan relies heavily on imports to meet its energy requirements because of a scarcity of natural resources. It is estimated that imports cover 80% of Japan’s primary energy needs. Prior to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 11 March 2011, Japan relied heavily on nuclear energy, with around 30% of electricity originating from this source. However, the devastating consequences of the 2011 disaster highlighted the safety concerns surrounding nuclear energy and alternatives are actively being sought by Japanese firms. Renewable energy, natural gas and oil are projected to take the market share previously occupied by nuclear fuel in the coming years.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, Nuclear/Power Generation, 2013
The Economist, Electricity in Japan: Power Struggle, 2013

The Fifth Basic Energy Plan calls for nuclear energy to account for 20%-22% of power generation by 2030, with 22%-24% coming from renewable energy sources, while coal's share will be reduced to 26%, LNG's to 27% and oil's to just 3%. The plans aims to reduce Japan's carbon dioxide emissions by 26% by 2030, compared with 2013 levels, and by 80% by 2050. It also aims to raise the country's energy self-sufficiency to about 24% by 2030, compared with just 8% in 2016.

World Nuclear News, Japanese Cabinet approves new basic energy plan, 2018

Table of Contents

  • Japan Energy Consumption
  • 5th Electricity Sector Reform plan
  • Renewable Energy
  • Smart Grid
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Atomic Energy
    • Cooperation Initiatives with the EU
  • Expert Report
  • Annual Report
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs