Japan’s Study Subcommittee on Politics and Measures After 2012, which operates under the Ministry of the Environment’s Central Environmental Council, met August 30 to consider whether the country can meet its emissions reduction targets after the Fukushima nuclear crisis. The accident has forced the nation to tighten regulations on its 54 nuclear reactors and has made it unpopular to restart them after periodic repair and maintenance, resulting in rapidly decreasing nuclear power generation and electricity shortages. Another study committee recommended in mid-August that the country set up a long-term national energy project to reduce its dependence on nuclear and fossil fuel. Also last week, Japan’s House of Councilors unanimously approved legislation to expand renewable use in the country beginning in July of next year. The new law, previously passed by the House of Representatives, requires electric utilities to purchase electricity generated from renewable sources at government-fixed prices for fixed periods.