Dan Murtaugh
For Dan Murtaugh's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A worker checks the carbon fiber at the composite production line at the Swancor factory in Nantou, Taiwan, in February.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Mar 9, 2024
Recycling wind turbine blades can solve the industry’s biggest problem
Swancor is one of several firms globally trying to develop products that mimic the physical properties of current blade material but can be recycled.
Japan Times
Aug 5, 2022
Keeping Europe warm this winter will depend on weather in Asia
Japan, South Korea and China — among the world's biggest importers of liquefied natural gas and seaborne coal — all share a peak heating demand season during the winter with Europe.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2022
Rich nations are ready to help Indonesia abandon coal, but is the country ready?
The fossil fuel generates about 60% of Indonesia's electricity, and has made fortunes for some of the nation's most powerful business elites.
Japan Times
May 23, 2022
A hot, deadly summer with frequent blackouts is coming
Energy supplies are so fragile that there just won't be enough to go around, and power cuts will put lives at risk when there are no fans or air conditioners to provide relief.
Japan Times
Nov 3, 2021
China’s climate goals hinge on a $440 billion nuclear buildout
China's planning at least 150 new reactors in the next 15 years, more than the rest of the world has built in the past 35.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 1, 2021
Silicon’s 300% surge throws another price shock at the world
One of our most diverse building blocks, silicon is used to make semiconductors, solar panels, medical implants and more. Such a drmatic price spike could shift markets.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2021
Singapore prepares to swap its oil hub status for greener future
The government's Singapore Green Plan 2030 sets out a path for the city-state to become a leading regional hub for carbon trading, green finance, consulting and risk management.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2021
Already dirt-cheap, solar panels are about to get even more powerful
A push for more powerful units underscores how further cost reductions could advance the shift away from fossil fuels.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2021
Global power grids pushed to breaking point by summer heat and rising demand
Mix extreme heat and longer droughts, surging power demand, rising fossil fuel prices and a bumpy transition into renewables, and the result is a severe global power crunch.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2021
Issue at Chinese nuclear plant may be less alarming than the politics around it
China's nuclear regulator said Wednesday there was increased radiation in the primary loop of the reactor because of a small amount of fuel rod damage.
Japan Times
Feb 11, 2021
Why it’s so hard for the solar industry to quit Xinjiang
Many are concerned about Chinese region's human rights and emissions, but cutting the area out of the supply chain for solar panels won't be so easy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Nov 9, 2018
How investing in American LNG boom backfired on Toshiba
Buy high, sell low and guarantee a loss. It's not exactly what Toshiba Corp. planned when it dipped its toes in liquefied natural gas trading.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2016
Japan's solar splurge may result in cooler power costs this summer
Japan's conundrum of peak power prices may begin to ease as the country's solar-power expansion taps scorching summers to displace fossil fuels.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on