Prime Minister Kishida promised to develop safe nuclear energy and renewable sources instead of importing Russian raw materials.

The Japanese authorities are taking measures to reduce their dependence on Russian energy carriers. This was stated by the country’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, saying that his government intends to use its own nuclear power plants more in order to reduce natural gas imports from Russia.

Since the powerful earthquake and tsunami of 2011 disabled the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant on Honshu Island, Japan has been forced to increase purchases of Russian gas. However, now that world energy prices have risen sharply, Kishida’s cabinet plans to actively develop nuclear energy and develop renewable energy sources.

“We will use nuclear reactors, taking into account increased safety measures, to contribute to reducing global dependence on Russian energy carriers. The launch of just one existing nuclear reactor will be equivalent to the supply of one million tons of liquefied natural gas per year to the world market,” Prime Minister Kishida said, adding that his cabinet plans to raise investments of 150 trillion yen ($1.16 trillion) in the next 10 years, which will allow the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere are almost doubled.

Most Japanese companies and ordinary citizens, Reuters notes, are now forced to deal with a sharp rise in the price of energy, and therefore support this initiative of their government.