Energy / Climate Change

Japan's energy policies have been in flux since the huge earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 shook the very foundations of Japan’s energy supply. All nuclear plants were shut down, and power generation from fossil fuels skyrocketed. Business and local initiatives gave renewables a huge boost. Now talk of restarting nuclear plants is gaining momentum. Meanwhile, we need to address climate change, brought on by overuse of fossil fuels. Read here for updates on energy- and climate-related efforts by governments, industry and citizens.
Apr 25, 2017
The Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced "Japan's Assistance Initiat...
Apr 8, 2017
Kobe City, Starbucks Coffee Japan and Kindai University announced, on December ...
Apr 3, 2017
Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly feature in the Toky...
Detailed Plans Begin in Fukushima on World's Largest (Carbon-Free) Hydrogen Energy Infrastructure Project
Jan 15, 2017
The Government of Japan is promoting the "Fukushima Concept for a New Energy S...
Fujitsu ICT Contributes to Approximately 40 Million-Ton Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Dec 19, 2016
Fujitsu Ltd., a major Japanese information technology equipment and services pr...
Renewable  Energy Hopes and Hurdles Amid Full Liberalization of Japan's Electricity Market
Dec 13, 2016
In April 2016, Japan woke up to a fully liberalized electricity market. All co...
Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan
Dec 13, 2016
Japan was four days late to ratify the Paris Agreement, which meant that its nam...
Hamamatsu City Making Strides toward Energy Self-Sufficient Smart City
Dec 10, 2016
Hamamatsu, a city in Shizuoka Prefecture that has been actively working to ach...
Fukushima Evacuees Still Unable to Go Home Over 5 Years after Earthquake, Nuclear Accident
Nov 24, 2016
Duff Figgy Some Rights Reserved. Over five-and-a-half years have passed since ...
Energy Innovation Strategy to Aim at Strong Economy and CO2 Reduction
Nov 6, 2016
On April 18, 2016, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry laid out th...
Research Institutes Collaborate to Create Global Map of CO2 Emissions from Soil
Oct 23, 2016
The Japanese Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute announced on March...
Offshore Wind Farms Installed Soon in Japan Sea, while Geothermal, Biomass Rise in Akita
Sep 26, 2016
Projects are underway to construct offshore wind farms at three sites off the ...
Renewable Energy on the Rise in Japan: 100 Self-sufficient Municipalities, Oita Largest Prefectural Supplier by Self-sufficiency Ratio
Sep 4, 2016
As more renewable sources are added to the electricity grid in Japan, the rati...

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