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(Dec 18, 2013) The Diet, Japan's parliament, recently enacted the Act on Promotion of Generating Renewable Energy Harmonized with Healthy Development of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, and it was promulgated on November 22, 2013. (Act No. 81 of 2013 [in Japanese] House of Representatives website [conduct search].) This Act aims to revitalize farming, timber, and fishery villages and create various energy sources by the introduction of renewable energy production in such villages. (
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Similar legislation was submitted to the Diet in 2012, but it was criticized for its lack of a measure on securing fertile land for farming. The Cabinet submitted new, modified legislation at the extraordinary Diet session in the fall of 2013. (Statement of Yasuhiro Ozato, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Committee Minutes No. 3 of 185th Diet Session [in Japanese] (Nov. 6, 2013).)
Under the 2013 Act, the national government establishes the national basic policy on renewable energy in connection with agriculture, forestry, and fishery. (Act No. 81, art. 4.) Based on this policy, municipalities are to establish detailed plans that may include, for example, designation of areas for renewable energy generation. (
A person who intends to establish a renewable energy generation facility may apply for approval from the municipality. (
|Author:||Sayuri Umeda More by this author|
|Topic:||Alternative and renewable resources More on this topic|
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|Jurisdiction:||Japan More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 12/18/2013