Will Wade
For Will Wade's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The Idaho National Laboratory, Materials and Fuels Complex. Researchers there were the first to generate electricity from splitting the atom back in 1951, and countless scientists have since visited the remote site to test reactor designs.
Dec 3, 2023
The future of nuclear energy will be decided in Idaho
It’s been 50 years since the last reactor was switched on there, which speaks to the challenges of harnessing a fission reaction.
Cooling towers and reactors at a nuclear power plant in Cattenom, France
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Oct 17, 2023
Nukefluencers are on a quest to push clean power from reactors
Influencers are tapping into a generation that’s increasingly anxious about climate change by focusing on how nuclear energy is carbon-free.
Japan Times
May 23, 2023
The Pentagon is helping bring the next generation of nuclear reactors to life
At less than 1% the size of conventional reactors, it can be delivered by shipping container to power remote bases and disaster-relief missions.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 13, 2022
Coal, lumber and food under threat from potential U.S. rail strike
Freight railroads and labor unions worked through the weekend to try to avoid a strike that could cost the U.S. economy more than $2 billion a day.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2022
Russia’s war is turbocharging the world’s addiction to coal
Demand had already been on the rise since last year amid a natural gas shortage and as electricity use surged after pandemic restrictions were rolled back.
Japan Times
Jan 21, 2022
Global inflation threatens to end era of ever-cheaper clean energy
Relentless price declines over the past decade made renewables the cheapest sources of electricity in much of the world. In the past year, the price of solar panels are up 50%.
Japan Times
Sep 30, 2020
Rejoining Paris deal would be easy for Biden. The hard part is averting climate disaster.
For a U.S. President Joe Biden, rejoining the Paris agreement would be almost as simple as signing an autograph. The hard part would be everything else.
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2020
Trump made a promise to save coal in 2016. He couldn’t keep it.
The grim outlook for coal could take a political toll on Trump, whose 2016 victory was propelled by carrying the mining strongholds of West Virginia and Pennsylvania.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?