Chisaki Watanabe

For Chisaki Watanabe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Takeover of Sharp advances Hon Hai's clean-energy ambitions

| Apr 6, 2016

Takeover of Sharp advances Hon Hai's clean-energy ambitions

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.’s rescue of Sharp Corp. promises to bolster the Taiwanese electronics maker’s ambitions for a bigger role in clean energy in some of the world’s most polluting countries while also providing a firmer footing in Japan. Hon Hai, also known ...

Japan pushes clean-coal technology; hurdles abound

Nov 12, 2015

Japan pushes clean-coal technology; hurdles abound

For all the talk of a solar boom in Japan, coal still has a future, and potentially a big one at that. Japan’s government and industry are backing emerging coal technologies they say are less damaging to the environment. While they are pushing the ...

Coal revival ducks scrutiny with small plants, critics say

May 29, 2015

Coal revival ducks scrutiny with small plants, critics say

As the nation burns more coal to replace lost nuclear capacity, power producers are able to duck pollution standards by building coal-fired projects small enough to avoid national regulator scrutiny, critics say. About a third of 45 new power-generation units fueled by coal won’t ...

Reactor closures to test Abe's green energy pledges

Apr 12, 2015

Reactor closures to test Abe's green energy pledges

Japan’s plan to mothball at least five aging nuclear reactors highlights the challenge Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces as his administration debates how to replace lost electricity generation with power sources that are cheap, clean and safe. The decision announced by the reactors’ operators ...

Marubeni faces ship shortage, grid issues in offshore wind push

Mar 2, 2015

Marubeni faces ship shortage, grid issues in offshore wind push

Marubeni Corp. is planning to develop more than five times the offshore wind power capacity currently installed in Japan as it moves aggressively into a poorly developed area of the country’s renewable energy market. “If you want to do large-scale projects, it’s offshore wind ...