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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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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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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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PFOS detected in soil at elementary school near MCAS Futenma

Sunday’s Asahi wrote that PFOS at levels 29 times higher than the U.S. standard was detected in soil samples taken from an elementary school adjacent to MCAS Futenma in a survey sponsored by a civic group. According to the paper, Ginowan City Board of Education told the families of the students on Sept. 7 not to let their children enter….Read more

  • September 24, 2022
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Clean energy project could push building of nuclear plants

By SHIKI IWASAWA/ Staff Writer   The economy ministry on Sept. 15 proposed a “support measure” to promote clean energy, a policy that could be used to expand or build nuclear power plants.   Ministry officials told a committee about its plans to “introduce a long-term decarbonizing electric power supply.”   Under the system, utilities that build electric power plants….Read more

  • September 16, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:55 p.m.
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Editorial: Japan, world must reaffirm commitment to decarbonize as climate crisis deepens

The effects of climate change are getting worse. In places across the world, we are seeing heat waves, droughts, and floods — extreme weather events that expert analysis says are growing more probable as our planet warms.   According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies, the annual average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere….Read more

  • September 14, 2022
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Japan announces plan to increase recycling

The Japanese government has unveiled a plan to expand the scale of recycling and reuse in the country. This is part of its goal to achieve a carbon neutral society by 2050.   The government roadmap includes a plan to double the amount of rare and other metals recycled from used solar panels and electronic products by 2030. The strategy….Read more

  • September 12, 2022
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Tokyo unveils solar power initiative

The Tokyo metropolitan government has unveiled a policy that includes the mandatory installation of solar panels on some newly constructed homes, among other measures aimed at promoting the use of solar power.   The metropolitan government is eying 2025 for the launch of the solar power initiative, the first of its kind in Japan.   “The promotion of decarbonization is….Read more

  • September 10, 2022
  • , The Japan News
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High PFOS levels detected in soil at elementary school near MCAS Futenma

Tuesday’s Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo front-paged reports saying that a civic group called Ginowan Chura Mizukai announced on Monday that PFOS and PFOA were detected in soil sampled at Futenma Daini Elementary School adjacent to MCAS Futenma. The Okinawa Prefectural Government’s Environmental Science Center collected soil samples at three locations at the school on Aug. 15. The civic group….Read more

  • September 6, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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