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**Summary of Press Conference by Prime Minister Kan**
*by Prime Minister’s Office of Japan on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 7:43am*
For the past 10 days during the Golden Week holiday, 10,000 people went to the affected areas as a volunteer. I would like to pay my heartfelt respect for the activities of volunteers.
I came to know that it is possible to cooperate through the Internet, regardless of the place to live, such as by purchasing the products of the affected areas, for those who cannot go to the affected areas as a volunteer. I sincerely hope that this kind of cooperation will be further expanded.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the quick decision made by the Chubu Electric Power to accept our request on the shutdown of the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station.
I would like to overcome the difficulties resulting from the shutdown of the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station with the support of other electric companies, firms and the public.
We are preparing for the launch of the Investigation Committee on the recent accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to investigate the causes of the accidents. I think that the three basic principles, *“independence”*, *“openness”* and *“comprehensiveness”*, are important.
The first principle, *“independence”*, means independence from the existing nuclear energy administration. Those who can make independent judgements, not those who have involved in the past, will become the core of the committee.
The second principle, *“openness”*, means that we will firmly open the facts to the public and the international community.
The third principle, *“comprehensiveness”*, means the investigation of not only the technical aspects but also of the existing systems and the shape of institutions.
Based on the recent accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), I think it is necessary to discuss from the scrap the current Energy Basic Plan, where the ratio of the nuclear energy is expected to be more than 50 percent in 2030.
The past energy policy has regarded nuclear energy and fossil fuels as two major pillars in electricity. With the recent accidents, I think two additional pillars are important.
The first additional pillar is to add renewable energy, such as solar and wind power as well as biomass, to one of the core energy resources.
The second additional pillar is to create an energy-saving society where energy will not be used as much as it is now.
I would like to add natural energy and energy saving as two major pillars and to exert further efforts to achieve them, while promoting safety on nuclear energy and reducing CO2 on fossil fuels. Based on these thoughts, I would like to accelerate the discussion on reviewing the overall energy policy.
The direct causes of the recent accidents at the nuclear power plants were the earthquake and tsunami. However, the Government, which has promoted the nuclear energy policy as a national policy along with TEPCO, the operator, is also responsible for failing to prevent such accidents. As the Prime Minister, who is responsible for this, I would like to apologize to the public of Japan.