Sep 13, 2014

Solar, wind power proposed as way to refill hydrogen stations

The Environment Ministry is considering using alternative energy sources to generate hydrogen for the refueling stations being built to recharge fuel cells in next-generation automobiles, ministry officials said. The ministry aims to set up pilot projects across the country in places deemed suitable for ...

Power play: the debate over renewable energy

Aug 16, 2014

Power play: the debate over renewable energy

by Eric Johnston

On Aug. 26, 2011, the same day that Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned after widespread criticism of his handling of the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the Diet ...

Aug 12, 2014

Tepco may spin off hydroelectric, renewable energy division

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is considering spinning off its hydroelectric and renewable energy division when it switches to a holding company in April 2016, informed sources said Tuesday. A rehabilitation plan compiled last January calls on Tepco to split the three businesses of fuel ...

Jul 28, 2014

Japan Asia Group to build 20 megawatt solar station in Miyagi

Japan Asia Group Ltd. will build a 20-megawatt solar-power station at a former high school in Miyagi Prefecture. The group’s two units, Kokusai Kogyo Co. and JAG Energy Co., have been selected for the project by the prefecture, the companies said in a statement ...

Jul 23, 2014

Orix plans to build as many as 15 geothermal plants in Japan

Orix Corp. plans to build as many as 15 geothermal power stations in Japan over the next five years. The Tokyo-based finance and leasing company, which has been developing solar and biomass projects, is conducting geological surveys in Hokkaido and Aomori Prefecture, spokeswoman Tamaki ...

Ex-leaders revive no-nukes crusade

May 7, 2014

Ex-leaders revive no-nukes crusade

by Ayako Mie

Three months after his defeat in the Tokyo gubernatorial race, former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa has teamed up once again with fellow ex-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to renew their effort to abolish nuclear power, even as the central government takes steps to revive it. ...

Koizumi, Hosokawa to set up anti-nuclear forum

Apr 15, 2014

Koizumi, Hosokawa to set up anti-nuclear forum

Former Prime Ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa will establish an anti-nuclear power forum in May to promote research into renewable energy and support anti-nuclear candidates in elections, sources said Tuesday. The inaugural meeting will be held May 7, according to the sources. Hosokawa, ...

Mar 30, 2014

Green energy feud holds energy policy hostage

The ruling parties and the government are still butting heads on how to rewrite the nation’s energy policy as renewable energy continues to be a major sticking point. “We were expecting the government to present the final draft so we could endorse it and ...