Chisaki Watanabe

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

Sun no longer shines on Japan's solar boom as subsidies wane

Jul 14, 2016

Sun no longer shines on Japan's solar boom as subsidies wane

Japan’s solar boom is beginning to falter. Until recently, the resource-poor nation has been one of the leading markets for photovoltaic (PV) units, helping to prop up an industry hurt by falling prices for the technology and policy changes. But four years after the ...

Hitachi Zosen eyes M&A to beef up energy-from-waste business

Jul 4, 2016

Hitachi Zosen eyes M&A to beef up energy-from-waste business

Hitachi Zosen Corp., a Japanese builder of plants and bridges, is pursuing mergers and acquisitions as it seeks to strengthen its waste-to-energy plant business and expand to South Asia and the Middle East. The Osaka-based company set aside ¥40 billion ($389 million) for M&A ...

Jun 24, 2016

First Energy taps biomass in Japan for market-leading gains

A little-known Tokyo-based company’s commitment to biomass has made it a darling among investors. As of the end of trade Wednesday, First Energy Service Co. had jumped 42 percent in the past month, making it the top performer on the Topix index, which lost ...

Hot spring bathing tradition stymies Japan's clean energy ambitions

Jun 21, 2016

Hot spring bathing tradition stymies Japan's clean energy ambitions

With centuries of tradition on their side, Japan’s hordes of naked bathers remain unmoved by the island nation’s bid to tap a rich reserve of power equivalent to about 20 nuclear reactors. The resource-poor country, which last year spent ¥18.2 trillion importing fossil fuels, ...

Japan unswayed by pressure to end support for coal power

Jun 14, 2016

Japan unswayed by pressure to end support for coal power

Faced with increasing calls from environmentalists to phase out coal, Japan is standing by its support of the fossil fuel, saying it will help developing countries adopt the best available technologies for coal-fired power plants. Pressure to rein in carbon dioxide emissions is intensifying, ...

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 ...