Chisaki Watanabe

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

Renewables get raked over coals under Abe

| Apr 14, 2014

Renewables get raked over coals under Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing the coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear disaster to switch the nation to renewables. A new energy plan approved by the Cabinet on Friday designates ...

Feb 14, 2014

Wind lobby raps environment reports

Japan’s effort to obtain more power from wind turbines is being held up by requirements that force developers to conduct environmental impact assessments, undermining government support for the industry, according to a lobby group. The rules requiring the assessments for wind developers took effect ...

Can a battery jolt economy?

Aug 7, 2013

Can a battery jolt economy?

In a windy town in Hokkaido, an experiment is about to begin with a battery designed to transform the way electricity is supplied and at the same time boost Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic rescue plan. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is ...

Abe plan lifts renewables at utilities' expense

Jun 7, 2013

Abe plan lifts renewables at utilities' expense

Shinzo Abe’s pledge to spur ¥30 trillion of investment in Japan’s electricity industry opens the way for a surge in clean energy projects at the expense of traditional utilities. The prime minister endorsed proposals to deregulate an industry that produces power mostly from fossil ...

Apr 4, 2013

Marubeni taps geothermal power as nuclear alternative

Marubeni Corp. is working on how to jump-start the geothermal industry and tap the heat that powers volcanoes as an alternative to nuclear reactors. The biggest investor in electricity generation among Japan’s trading houses hopes to draw pools of underground heat with potentially twice ...

Mar 6, 2013

Hitachi Zosen, Statoil partner up on floating offshore wind technology

Industrial machinery maker Hitachi Zosen Corp. wants to use its partnership with Statoil ASA to bring technology for floating offshore wind turbines to the Japanese market more quickly. Hitachi Zosen in November signed a technical cooperation accord with Statoil, Norway’s oil and gas producer. ...

Japan to become No. 2 solar market

Jul 4, 2012

Japan to become No. 2 solar market

Japan is poised to overtake Germany and Italy to become the world’s second-biggest market for solar power as incentives that started Sunday drive sales for equipment makers from Kyocera Corp. to China’s Yingli Green Energy Holdings Co. Industry Minister Yukio Edano on June 18 ...

Solar industry beaming; wind sector deflated

| Apr 27, 2012

Solar industry beaming; wind sector deflated

The government’s proposed incentives to boost renewable energies will probably see growth in the solar and geothermal power industries, but have disappointed operators in the wind energy sector, lobby groups said. A government panel Wednesday recommended that solar power suppliers be paid ¥42 per ...