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2018/11/06

Japanese Cabinet approves offshore wind promotion law again

The new offshore wind promotion law has been pushed out by political battles at last 196th ordinary Diet session in last July.
Then, Japanese government intends to reload this law at the 197th extraordinary Diet session, which started from 24 Oct. for 48 days.

Japanese Cabinet approves offshore wind promotion law again on 6 Nov 2018.
The law is sent to the House of Representatives. Land transport commission controls it.
We expect that the law will be deliberated and resolved in the House of Representatives in the middle of Nov..
And it shall be resolved at the House of Councilors in the end of Nov., about 1 week earlier than the Diet termination.

After the Diet approval, it needs about 3 months for fixing detail ordinances.
If everything goes well, the new law will be enforced next spring, and the auction for 1st candidate zones will be done next summer.

Press release by Japanese cabinet on 6 Nov. (in Japanese)
 平成30年11月6日(火)首相官邸 定例閣議案件 法律案
 海洋再生可能エネルギー発電設備の整備に係る海域の利用の促進に関する法律案(決定)
 https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/kakugi/2018/kakugi-2018110601.html

Press release by Japanese METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) on 6 Nov. (in Japanese)
「海洋再生可能エネルギー発電設備の整備に係る海域の利用の促進に関する法律案」が閣議決定されました
 http://www.meti.go.jp/press/2018/11/20181106001/20181106001.html

Press release by Japanese MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) on 6 Nov. (in Japanese)
「海洋再生可能エネルギー発電設備の整備に係る海域の利用の促進に関する法律案」が閣議決定されました
 http://www.mlit.go.jp/report/press/port06_hh_000157.html

Announcement at the House of Representatives (in Japanese)
 第197回臨時国会 衆議院の審議経過情報
 議案名「海洋再生可能エネルギー発電設備の整備に係る海域の利用の促進に関する法律案」の審議経過情報
 http://www.shugiin.go.jp/internet/itdb_gian.nsf/html/gian/keika/1DC9EB2.htm

The draft of this new law (in Japanese)
 海洋再生可能エネルギー発電設備の整備に係る海域の利用の促進に関する法律案 議案本文情報一覧
 http://www.shugiin.go.jp/internet/itdb_gian.nsf/html/gian/honbun/g19709005.htm
http://www.shugiin.go.jp/internet/itdb_gian.nsf/html/gian/honbun/houan/g19709005.htm

The contents of new law is almost the same as the law pushed out last July.
You can see it in the Baker McKenzie’s report in last March.

Japanese Cabinet approves new offshore wind general waters bill, by Baker McKenzie on 9 March 2019
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/new-offshore-wind-general-waters-bill-approved-ean-mac-pherson