Jun 22, 2015

Largest offshore wind turbine unveiled in Fukushima

A huge floating wind turbine for an experimental offshore power generation project was unveiled Monday at Onahama port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. With an output capacity of 7,000 kilowatts, the turbine is the largest piece of offshore wind power generation equipment in the world. ...

Mar 13, 2015

METI to subsidize expressway tolls for electric vehicles

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Thursday it will launch an expressway fee subsidy program for 40,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles from May till the end of the fiscal year in March 2016. The subsidies will be offered on condition that ...

Obuchi starts nuclear power pitch

Sep 21, 2014

Obuchi starts nuclear power pitch

New industry minister Yuko Obuchi started to spin a clear pro-nuclear message Sunday, seeking to convince a deeply skeptical public of the upside of atomic power by arguing that the resource-poor Japan should be realistic about meeting its energy needs. More than three years ...

Aug 15, 2014

METI to scold companies over keeping data secure

The government plans to urge companies to ensure personal information is being strictly managed in light of the customer data theft at correspondence education provider Benesse Corp., officials said Friday. The incident is prompting Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to call on firms ...

Aug 11, 2014

Tax hike sent tertiary index tumbling at record pace in April-June

The tertiary industry activity index for the April-June quarter tumbled at its fastest pace since comparable data became available in 1988 because of the consumption tax hike, according to government data released Monday. The index fell 3.8 percent from the previous quarter to 97.9 ...