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Japan to seek to scale back nuclear power in new energy strategy

TOKYO, July 29 — Japan will draw up a scenario for reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi atomic power plant, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said as the government decided on the outline of the country's energy policy Friday.

The government also compiled a set of measures to tackle near-term power shortage problems that have emerged as a result of the crisis, touching on issues such as the separation of electricity generation and transmission, but the details were not immediately available.

The outline was agreed during a meeting of Cabinet ministers to discuss energy issues. The government plans to compile a basic policy of its energy strategy by the end of the year based on the content of the outline. (PNA/Kyodo)

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