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Chisaki Watanabe
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 10, 2013
Feed-in tariffs ready to make Japan world No. 2 solar market after China
Japan will probably become the largest solar market in the world after China this year, boosted by an incentive program that offers above-market rates for energy from renewable sources.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 4, 2013
Marubeni taps geothermal power as nuclear alternative
Marubeni Corp. is working on how to jump-start the geothermal industry and tap the heat that powers volcanoes as an alternative to nuclear reactors.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 6, 2013
Hitachi Zosen, Statoil partner up on floating offshore wind technology
Industrial machinery maker Hitachi Zosen Corp. wants to use its partnership with Statoil ASA to bring technology for floating offshore wind turbines to the Japanese market more quickly.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 4, 2012
Japan to become No. 2 solar market
Japan is poised to overtake Germany and Italy to become the world's second-biggest market for solar power as incentives that started Sunday drive sales for equipment makers from Kyocera Corp. to China's Yingli Green Energy Holdings Co.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Apr 27, 2012
Solar industry beaming; wind sector deflated
The government's proposed incentives to boost renewable energies will probably see growth in the solar and geothermal power industries, but have disappointed operators in the wind energy sector, lobby groups said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 9, 2008
On death row and a cause celebre
Iwao Hakamada, the longest serving death-row inmate, has insisted for 40 years he is innocent of the four murders he was convicted of. The evidence was suspect, he says, and his confession was coerced.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 17, 2007
Japanese seniors keep lock on Everest
Yuichiro Miura has an unusual routine for a man who just turned 75.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
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