May 16, 2014

No electricity-saving targets this summer

The government said Friday it won’t set numerical power-saving targets this summer even though concerns about shortages linger, especially among suppliers in the west and southwest. It is the second consecutive year that the government has refrained from imposing numerical targets to stave off ...

Nov 1, 2013

Hokkaido asked to use 6% less electricity this winter

The government said Friday it wants households and companies in Hokkaido to cut electricity usage by more than 6 percent from the fiscal 2010 level to ride out another winter without nuclear power. It is the first time since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis ...

Jul 2, 2013

It's summer power-saving time

The summer power-saving campaign sparked by the Fukushima nuclear disaster kicked off Monday across Japan, but without the government’s usual numerical targets. The three-month campaign is the fifth of its kind since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered the nuclear crisis that shut ...

Super Cool Biz season starts again

Jun 4, 2013

Super Cool Biz season starts again

The government began its Super Cool Biz campaign Monday to promote energy conservation in the workplace by urging people to dress lightly and casually and set their thermostats at 28 degrees. Entering the third season of enhanced power-saving efforts, which covers the period from ...

Sep 2, 2011

Protection of cyberspace

Countering attacks on computer networks has become an important security issue for governments. On July 15, the U.S. Defense Department announced a strategy to harden American computer systems against cyberattacks. The Pentagon established U.S. Cyber Command in 2010 for daily operation and defense of ...

Jun 2, 2011

A hard road to the leading edge

Paul Frey writes in his May 29 letter, “Japan’s return to the leading edge,” that Japan can be a leader in the “new” areas of wind, solar, geothermal, conservation and energy efficiency. That goal will certainly not be reached tomorrow, but I agree with ...