Oct 1, 2014

Four more utilities stop signing contracts for purchasing renewable energy

Four more regional utilities said Tuesday they will stop signing contracts to buy renewable energy from mega solar power plants and other suppliers, citing transmission network capacity limitations. The move by the regional utilities serving Shikoku, Hokkaido, Tohoku and Okinawa follows Kyushu Electric Power ...

Sep 11, 2014

Rain lashes northern areas as low rolls through

Heavy rain fell in many regions Thursday as a low pressure system made the atmosphere extremely unstable in northern and eastern parts of the country. The Meteorological Agency issued a special warning to the Ishikari region in Hokkaido and urged caution against floods and ...

Aug 29, 2014

First nationwide survey on Ainu discrimination to be carried out

The government plans to conduct its first full-fledged survey to grasp the reality of discrimination of the indigenous Ainu people in Japan, officials said Thursday. The Cabinet Secretariat will request about ¥7 million in the budget for the nationwide survey planned for fiscal 2015 ...