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Japan approved the return to nuclear energy

The Cabinet of Ministers of Japan approved the return of the country to the use of the nuclear power plant, RIA Novosti reports. The Energy White Paper 2013 calls nuclear energy "an important basic source of energy."

The document says that after the shutdown of all nuclear power plants in the country after the accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant in 2011, in 2013, energy consumption in Japan was almost 90% dependent on fossil fuels. The growth in imports of liquefied natural gas from 10 to 27 trillion yen (about $ 275 billion) not only put a significant burden on the budget, but also increased carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere several times.

The Democratic Party of Japan, which ruled several years ago in the country, advocated refusing to use atomic energy, but the Liberal Democratic Party, which won the elections at the end of 2012, is confident that Japan will not be able to abandon the use of nuclear power plants because of the high costs of using alternative energy sources and significant economic and environmental burden from the use of hydrocarbons.

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