Kan pledges Japan recovery, green energy push

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Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan pledged Friday that Japan would recover fully from its crippling March 11 disasters and play a key role in pushing green energy in the future.

Kan used a G8 summit in the northern French resort of Deauville to reassure Tokyo's strongest allies and launch a drive for renewable energy.

"Japan will definitely recover, and would like to play a bigger than ever role" in pushing for green energy, Kan said in bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to a Japanese official.

Merkel proposed to hold a high-level joint meeting on renewable energy and energy conservation.

This would aim to "strengthen cooperation between the two countries on renewable energy and green technology," the official said.

"It is vital for Japan as well as the world to advance renewable energy and we would like to study Germany's undertakings" in that field, Kan was reported as saying.

He reiterated Japan's need to add two pillars -- renewable energy and energy conservation -- to Japan's energy policy of nuclear power and fossil fuels.

Kan said in an address to his G8 partners on Thursday that Tokyo plans to host a global meeting on nuclear safety in Japan next year, and pledged to boost Tokyo's share of green energy to 20 percent of total power supply by 2020.

© 2011 AFP

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