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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, ...

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 ...

Return of Fukushima elderly gives preview of future

| Mar 15, 2015

Return of Fukushima elderly gives preview of future

The nation honored its dead last week from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Tohoku’s Pacific coastline on March 11 four years ago. For those who have spent those years helping survivors in Tohoku, the experience has thrown up the challenge of how to ...

Refiners Idemistu and Showa Shell in talks for tie-up

| Dec 22, 2014

Refiners Idemistu and Showa Shell in talks for tie-up

Shares in Japanese refiners surged on Monday after two of the largest said they were discussing a tie-up, as falling demand for fuels spurs the industry to consider consolidation. Idemitsu Kosan Co., Japan’s third-biggest refiner by capacity, and Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, the fifth-ranked ...