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 ...

Feb 14, 2014

Wind lobby raps environment reports

by Chisaki Watanabe

Japan’s effort to obtain more power from wind turbines is being held up by requirements that force developers to conduct environmental impact assessments, undermining government support for the industry, according to a lobby group. The rules requiring the assessments for wind developers took effect ...