In June 2010, the Japanese cabinet adopted a new Basic Energy Plan
(BEP). This was the third such plan that the government has approved
since the passage of the Basic Act on Energy Policy in 2002, and it
represents the most significant statement of Japanese energy policy in
more than four years, since the publication of the New National Energy
Strategy (NNES) in 2006. Perhaps more than its predecessors, moreover,
the new plan establishes a number of ambitious targets as well as more
detailed measures for achieving those targets.