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Dec 9, 2014

Tokyo may fail Olympic sustainability vow, activists say

Tokyo risks falling down on its pledge to stage an environmentally sustainable 2020 Olympics due to the import of illegally felled timber from Southeast Asia, activist group Global Witness said. Some of Japan’s biggest construction companies buy plywood from Borneo, where the rain forest ...

Jun 13, 2014

Japan needs tougher laws to end illegal timber imports, NGO says

Japan, the world’s fourth-largest buyer of timber products, needs to introduce laws and stricter oversight to stamp out imports of illegally logged wood, according to the activist group Environmental Investigation Agency. The country’s laws do not require private buyers of foreign timber to ensure ...

Reactors still feared despite new rules

Mar 11, 2014

Reactors still feared despite new rules

The cost of restarting Japan’s nuclear power plants: ¥1.3 trillion and counting. That is the amount power companies have committed so far on thousands of tons of reinforced concrete and steel, armies of workers, tsunami walls and seismic tests. It has all been to ...

Nuke 'black box' needed: investigator

Dec 10, 2013

Nuke 'black box' needed: investigator

The global nuclear power industry needs to share cross-border information to prevent accidents, replicating the transparency of international air traffic control, according to the head of an investigation into the disaster at Fukushima No. 1.

'Abenomics' needs more Thatcher: Marubeni chief

Jul 19, 2013

'Abenomics' needs more Thatcher: Marubeni chief

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should adopt policies similar to those used by former U.K. leader Margaret Thatcher to bring the world’s third-largest economy out of its “lost decades” funk, says Marubeni Corp. Chairman Teruo Asada. From a recession in 1981, the United Kingdom went ...

Oct 2, 2012

Sumitomo sees 'solar bubble' with rejection of nuclear power

As Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and billionaire Masayoshi Son lead a swarm of investors seeking to exploit Japan’s solar power subsidies — the largest in the world — Sumitomo Corp. is betting on wind. Trading house Sumitomo, Japan’s second-largest investor in power generation outside ...

Feb 3, 2012

Advisers charge reactor stress tests ignore lessons of March 11

The stress tests to review nuclear plant safety don’t include lessons from the Fukushima No. 1 disaster, effectively ignoring the reason for running the checks, according to two government advisers. The stress tests were initiated after the earthquake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima plant ...