• SHARE

What started as a way to cut Japan’s dependence on imported fossil fuels has led to an expected surge in a different and equally controversial energy source: palm oil.

Government incentives instituted in the wake of the Fukushima reactor meltdowns in 2011 guarantee prices for power generated by renewable sources such as solar, wind and biomass. Palm oil, scorned by environmentalists who say its production destroys rain forests and peatlands, is becoming more popular because facilities that burn it are among the cheapest to build.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)