Stephen Stapczynski

For Stephen Stapczynski's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Energy markets need winter, and climate change is taking it away

Business Feb 10, 2020

Energy markets need winter, and climate change is taking it away

Even before the deadly coronavirus struck, another menace confronted the global energy industry: the warmest winter anyone can remember. Russia's winter was so balmy that snow was trucked into downtown Moscow for New Year, and bears came out of hibernation. In Japan, ski competitions were ...

Hidden gold and 'murky' payoffs threaten Japan's nuclear revival

National Oct 15, 2019

Hidden gold and 'murky' payoffs threaten Japan's nuclear revival

A payoff scandal has struck Japan's nuclear world, threatening to delay the restart of idled reactors in what's becoming the industry's biggest crisis since the Fukushima meltdowns of 2011. The issue, which emerged at the end of last month, centers around how an influential municipal ...

Forecast of a cooler summer in Asia may add to expected LNG glut

Business May 16, 2019

Forecast of a cooler summer in Asia may add to expected LNG glut

Don't count on a summer heat wave to rescue Asia's liquefied natural gas prices. Weather forecasts signal lackluster demand in the largest importing region, raising prospects a global glut will deepen. Temperatures across North Asia this summer will be cooler than a year ago, according ...