Tag - renewables



Japan Times
Oct 12, 2014
Japan rises to challenge of becoming 'hydrogen society'
Since the 2011 onset of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan has had to drastically revise an energy policy that had long heralded atomic power as its main source of energy.
Sep 26, 2014
Putting off environmental sacrifice
Are environmentalists who want society to divest itself of fossil fuels hypocrites if they don't adopt a radically reduced carbon lifestyle themselves?
Jul 30, 2014
Japan's hydrogen energy market could reach ¥8 trillion by 2050, government report says
The market for hydrogen energy in Japan is projected to expand to ¥1 trillion in 2030 and reach ¥8 trillion in 2050, with research and development accelerating for a form of energy said to be environmentally friendly, a government-affiliated body said Wednesday.
Jun 1, 2014
China, India may hinder U.S. steps on warming
U.S. President Barack Obama is set to take his boldest step to halt the rise of the oceans and stop the warming of the planet. But it won't be enough unless the rest of the world follows.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 22, 2014
IHI sees future for small geothermal projects amid clean energy boom
IHI Corp. expects the market for small geothermal projects to take off in Japan as it seeks cleaner sources of energy.
Japan Times
May 10, 2014
Obama unveils steps on renewable energy
President Barack Obama on Friday announced steps to increase the use of solar panels, boost energy efficiency in federal buildings and train more people to work in the field of renewable energy.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 30, 2014
SoftBank mulls wind power plant investment off Ibaraki
SoftBank Corp. is considering investing in an offshore wind power plant project, further expanding its renewable energy business, sources said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2014
Shift to green energy would barely slow growth, U.N. report says
A radical shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy would slow world economic growth by only a tiny fraction every year, a new draft U.N. report on tackling global warming said on Friday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 9, 2014
Energy plan fails to set targets for renewables
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's final version of a draft energy report reinforces the role of nuclear power in the country's future, but falls short of setting specific goals for renewable energy use.
Mar 29, 2014
Shimane assembly rejects citizens' call to phase out nuclear power
The prefectural assembly in Shimane Prefecture, which hosts a Chugoku Electric Power Co. nuclear power plant, has rejected an ordinance backed by more than 80,000 citizens calling for nuclear power to be phased out in the prefecture.
Mar 14, 2014
Japan should make disaster the mother of invention
In the decades since World War II ended, Japan has repeatedly demonstrated its technological genius. So why does it treat the 3-year-old Fukushima nuclear tragedy as a farce by pushing to reopen many of its 48 commercial reactors instead of driving to achieve sustainable energy self-sufficiency?
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 27, 2014
GE bets big on wind power in Japan
General Electric Co. considers Japan ripe for new investment in wind power as the resource-poor country diversifies energy supply in light of the Fukushima disaster.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 25, 2013
Japan urged to boost renewables development
The head of the World Bank urged Japan in a recent interview to develop more renewable energy sources while calling on emerging economies to get ready for a possible cutback in the U.S. central bank's stimulus program.
Japan Times
Nov 17, 2013
Engine economics limit biofuels in U.S.
When it comes to ethanol, the United States may have reached its limit — at least for now.
Nov 17, 2013
Solar panel users must now pay fee in Arizona
Arizona has permitted its largest utility to charge a monthly fee to customers who install photovoltaic panels on their roofs, a move that may threaten the surging residential solar market.
Japan Times
Nov 11, 2013
Ethanol from cellulose falls short of expectations
In Emmetsburg, Iowa, America's largest maker of ethanol for motor fuel is putting the final touches on a manufacturing plant that will rely not on corn, but on the stalks and cobs left behind.
Japan Times
Nov 1, 2013
'Perfect' winds give Brazil another option for power
Wind is emerging as a prize for energy planners in Brazil who see the howling gusts that arrive from the east as a way to offset the fresh limits imposed on hydropower.
Japan Times
Sep 15, 2013
Renewable energy push blunted as ad-hoc rules stymie private upstarts
An oversight in the 'feed-in tariff system' for promoting renewable energy is allowing major power companies to shut out independent upstarts eager to sell electricity.
Japan Times
Aug 16, 2013
White House reinstalling symbolic solar panels
Jimmy Carter first installed solar panels in 1979. Ronald Reagan called them a joke and had them removed in 1986. And this week, nearly three years after promising to restore them as a sign of the administration's commitment to renewable energy, President Obama is reinstalling solar panels on the White House roof.
Japan Times
May 8, 2013
Britain's ports put wind in investors' sails
Methil port north of Edinburgh, once the focus of Scotland's coal exports, is set to tap a greener kind of energy as Samsung Heavy Industry Co. constructs the world's biggest wind turbine in the town's faded harbor.


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