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Japan to draw up 10-year roadmap toward 2050 goal of carbon neutrality

All national dailies reported on the first meeting on Wednesday of a GOJ council on “green transformation (GX).” The attendees included Prime Minister Kishida; Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hagiuda, who was given the additional role of green transformation minister; and Keidanren Chairman Tokura. The government will draw up by the end of this year a 10-year roadmap toward the….Read more

  • July 28, 2022
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Kishida taps Trade Minister Hagiuda to double as “green transformation” minister

TBS reported at noon that Prime Minister Kishida has appointed Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Hagiuda to concurrently serve in the newly created post of minister in charge of promoting green transformation (GX). The network said the government aims to realize carbon neutrality by 2050, adding that it convened its first task force meeting on GX this afternoon.

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Ukrainian envoy raps Russia over nuclear terrorism

Tokyo, July 26 (Jiji Press)–Ukrainian Ambassador to Japan Sergiy Korsunsky criticized Russia Tuesday for committing nuclear terrorism during its invasion of Ukraine.     Russia threatened to use nuclear weapons and occupied a nuclear power plant, Korsunsky told a news conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo.     He stressed that Japan and Ukraine will work together to warn….Read more

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DBJ to help utilities if LNG supply disrupted

Tokyo, July 26 (Jiji Press)–The Development Bank of Japan is considering helping Japanese gas and electricity companies financially if liquefied natural gas supply from the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project is disrupted, Seiji Jige, president and CEO of the government-backed lender, said in a recent interview with Jiji Press.   The DBJ aims to help the utilities replace Russian LNG….Read more

  • July 26, 2022
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to use nuclear reactors to produce hydrogen

By Kawasaki Natsumi   Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), has begun developing technology to mass-produce hydrogen without emitting carbon dioxide (CO2). Hydrogen, which is expected to be a next-generation fuel, can be mass-produced efficiently using high-temperature steam generated by a new type of nuclear reactor which will soon be….Read more


Itochu to cooperate with South Korean company on hydrogen and ammonia

Itochu Corporation announced on July 22 that it will collaborate with South Korean chemical manufacturer Lotte Chemical for projects utilizing hydrogen and ammonia, both of which are expected to become next-generation fuels. Itochu plans to promote the practical application of fuel that does not emit carbon dioxide (CO2) when burned in order to contribute to decarbonization efforts.   The two….Read more

  • July 23, 2022
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  • July 24, 2022
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Building new nuclear power plants needed for future of nuclear power industry in Japan

On July 22, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. (JAIF), released a proposal requesting that new nuclear power plants be built and that existing ones be expanded or replaced. The JAIF says it is the first time for the group to release such a proposal. According to the JAIF, replacement, expansion, and the building of new nuclear power plants is….Read more

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59% in favor of restarting nuclear power plants, NHK public opinion poll

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has announced a plan to restart as many as nine nuclear power plants to alleviate the power shortage anticipated this winter. An NHK poll shows that 59% of respondents are in favor of the Prime Minister’s plan, while 23% said they are opposed to the move.   NHK conducted a nationwide survey over the three-day period….Read more

  • July 20, 2022
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Editorial — Nuclear accident: Astronomical damages awarded in another confused court ruling

By Editorial Board, The Sankei Shimbun   Another contradictory ruling by the Japanese judiciary has left many scratching their heads.   Shareholders of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) had brought a derivative suit against the company’s former management for damages over the accident following the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.    On….Read more

  • July 22, 2022
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