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Ministers from China, Japan and South Korea and vowed to work closely to combat air pollution, singling out particulate matter PM 2.5 as a major concern. Their joint statement issued at the end of the two-day meeting on April 29 included a five-year plan that noted areas that would be prioritized.
Read Full Story The final draft version of the Japanese Government’s energy report reinforces atomic power’s role in the country’s future and falls short of advocating specific goals for renewable energy use.
Despite the increase in carbon emissions over the last three years, Greenpeace said yesterday that Japanese efforts to reshape the country’s energy mix after the Fukushima Daicchi nuclear reactor meltdowns should serve as a model for the fight against climate change.
Map of Fukushima evacuation zones
April 03, 2014
Here’s a pop quiz. How many people have died as a direct result of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident: A) 15,884, B) 1 or, C) 0? Until last week the correct answer was C but it can now be argued to be B as a worker at the wrecked nuclear plant died on Friday after being buried under gravel while digging a ditch. Answer A is actually the number of confirmed deaths as a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which sort of puts things in perspective.
Japan's Kyushu Electric Power Co has become the second nuclear generator to seek state support this week as reactors across the country remain idled and industry losses mount three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Reuters reported.
Japan could try to rescue its Antarctic whaling program by sharply reducing catch quotas after the highest UN court ordered a halt, rejecting Tokyo's argument that the catch was for scientific purposes and not mainly for human consumption, reports Reuters.
US-based industrial giant General Electric (GE) will take a majority stake in what will be Japan’s largest solar power plant at 230-MW, more than  double Softbank’s 111-MW farm under construction on the island of Hokkaido.
Japan’s ruling parties failed on Friday to reach an agreement with the government on the content of an energy policy now being written, insisting that clean energy make up “significantly” more than 20 percent of the nation’s power by 2030.
Japan has moved to address the serious imbalance that has developed in renewable energy investment by cutting the feed-in tariff (FiT) for solar power by 11 percent from 1 April while introducing a new FiT for wind to encourage development of the strategically important offshore wind sector.
Read Full Story It appears China’s chronic pollution problems are a great leveler, removing rancor and hubris from diplomatic exchanges with South Korea and Japan. It is by no means all peace and harmony but working-level officials from the three countries put discord aside in Beijing last week during their first policy dialogue session on the pressing pollution problem.