Japan plans revised law with curbs on gas use to ensure supply

Japan's government plans to revise the law to introduce measures to ensure a stable supply of natural gas. Among the proposals are mandatory curbs for large-scale users.

The change is aimed at addressing concerns about possible supply disruptions in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Japan imports almost all of its liquefied natural gas.

In times of tight supply, gas companies and the government will ask households and businesses to conserve energy.

If that's not enough, and supply could stop altogether, large-scale users may be subject to compulsory curbs.

The revised law is expected to include ways to support gas companies if LNG becomes too expensive.
A government-affiliated oil and gas corporation may be allowed to import LNG on companies' behalf.

The economy ministry plans to submit a draft of the revised law to an extraordinary Diet session in the coming months.