Japan’s Ministry of the Environment draft plan released August 9 said the country faces a potential permanent power shortage, unless Japan can reduce its dependency on nuclear power. The draft plan noted that Japan should focus more on developing renewable energy and enhance energy efficiency measures in order to produce products that use less energy, such as air conditioners and computers. The draft plan will be implemented as a fourth, five-year basic environment plan this fall following a public comment period ending September 7. The draft also discussed the importance of Japan’s biodiversity by maintaining its ecosystem and combatting pollution. The plan also emphasized the need for Japan to safeguard its water sources by improving its oversight on chemicals.