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 ...

Efforts afoot to tap electric car batteries to power homes

Business Apr 17, 2018

Efforts afoot to tap electric car batteries to power homes

When Damien Maguire moved to the countryside outside Dublin, he struggled to keep the lights on at home because of the town's constant power outages. He found a solution inside his electric cars: their batteries. A tinkerer who posts videos of his hand-built vehicles on ...

Blockchain and drones could play a role in Tepco's fight for survival

Business / Corporate Jan 17, 2018

Blockchain and drones could play a role in Tepco's fight for survival

Shattered by the enormity of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and bleeding customers to nimbler rivals, Tokyo's lumbering, 66-year-old electric-power behemoth has a new strategy for long-term survival: reinventing itself as a cutting-edge innovator. Tepco, known formally as Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., is scouring ...