Kishida told reporters that he has instructed officials to take concrete measures by the end of the year.
The move marks a significant change for Japan, which has dialed back its use of nuclear power since 2011, when a tsunami triggered by a major earthquake crashed the waters. Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant
Leading to the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
Since then, the public has been skeptical about nuclear power and Japan has created Tough Security Updates
On plants across the country.
But Kishida has renewed calls to reduce its reliance on these fuels, and last year at the Cop 26 summit outlined a plan for Japan to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.
Recently, rising fuel prices, partly due to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, have prompted the government to announce more energy-saving measures.
In late June, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry urged residents to save electricity.
According to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, as of July 26, Japan had seven operating nuclear reactors, three of which were offline due to maintenance.