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Japan eyes domestic production of SAF

The government on Friday took a step toward domestic production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by establishing a working group involving more than 10 companies, including petroleum and chemical manufacturers.   The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism expert group will strive to create a cooperative framework to obtain international certification for the fuel and begin production in fiscal….Read more

  • October 1, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 2:25 p.m.
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Ambassador Emanuel stresses importance of Japan’s role in lunar exploration

Nikkei reported online on Thursday on Ambassador Emanuel’s video message for a virtual symposium on outer space organized by the business daily. The Ambassador underscored that Japan is an “indispensable partner” in the Artemis lunar probe initiative, which he projected will “show us a different picture than the Apollo program did.” Ambassador Emanuel referred to Japan’s desire to send one….Read more

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Japan farm ministry to set up model decarbonization zones

Japan’s agriculture ministry is setting up a series of zones to test innovative decarbonization methods. The aim is to help the country’s farmers cut emissions of greenhouse gases such as methane from livestock waste.   Farming accounts for more than 4 percent of Japan’s total greenhouse-gas emissions. These include carbon dioxide from burning fuel for greenhouses, as well as methane….Read more

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METI to support development of CO2-reducing microbes

On Sept. 27, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced a plan to spend up to 176.7 billion yen from a government fund to develop microorganisms that produce plastic and other materials by feeding on carbon dioxide (CO2). This area is quickly attracting more and more investment in the U.S. and China in response to artificial intelligence (AI)….Read more

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Mitsubishi Electric unveils new Earth-observation satellite

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. unveiled its new Daichi-3 Earth-observation satellite to the press at its Kamakura Works facility in Kanagawa Prefecture on Thursday.   The new satellite will provide an upgrade of the resolution of images taken from space. It will be carried in the next flagship domestically manufactured H-3 rocket, which the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, aims to….Read more

  • September 24, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 12:47 p.m.
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Japan flying car startup SkyDrive aims for 2025 commercialization

By SHOICHIRO TAGUCHI, Nikkei staff writer   OSAKA — Japanese flying car startup SkyDrive is accelerating the development of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle with the 9.6 billion yen ($67 million) it recently raised, setting its sights on a first commercial flight by the 2025 World Expo in Osaka.   Tokyo-based SkyDrive announced on Monday that it….Read more

  • September 27, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 11:31 a.m.
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SCIENCE > Space

Japan delays launch of lunar probe

NHK reported on a JAXA announcement yesterday that the launch of its lunar probe SLIM, originally scheduled to take place by March of next year, will be pushed back to prioritize the launch of an H-3 rocket that is currently under development. The probe is expected to be used in the U.S.-led Artemis initiative aimed at sending astronauts to the….Read more

  • September 27, 2022
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SCIENCE > Environment

Guidelines for financing Asian decarbonization drawn up

Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)–A group of financial institutions from Japan and other parts of the world has drawn up guidelines for financing the introduction of facilities and equipment needed for energy shifts in Asian countries aiming for decarbonization.     The transition finance guidelines were presented to a session of the Asia Green Growth Partnership Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo on….Read more

  • September 27, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 1:29 p.m.
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GOJ to lift requirement for visitors to undergo COVID-19 testing on Oct. 11 

Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ announced on Monday that Japan will lift its requirement for visitors to undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival in principle starting on Oct. 11. Travelers from some 70 nations are currently required to undergo testing upon entry if they have not received COVID-19 boosters. The paper said that since the number of tourists is expected to….Read more

  • September 27, 2022
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