Imports of cheap gas will become relied upon while Japan recovers from the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, which devastated communities in the country earlier this month.
According to the International Business Times, the world's third-largest economy will set its sights on liquefied natural gas to plug the gap left by nuclear power shortages following the disaster.
The country will also review its energy mix and the future of its nuclear energy industry in the coming months, the publication reports.
Meanwhile, the effect of Japan's natural disaster has affected plans to build nuclear power plants in the UK, with energy supplier RWE npower announcing it could delay development plans should major safety changes increase the cost of reactors.
The Telegraph reports that approval for the design of new reactors could be pushed back from June this year until late 2011 in the wake of the Japanese crisis.
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