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Japan’s ammonia push in Southeast Asia seen as aiding coal

JUNTARO ARAI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan bolstered cooperation with Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore on ammonia and hydrogen fuel under new agreements clinched by Japan’s trade minster this week, but the approach has raised international criticism as helping coal power.   Japan aims to develop technology for ammonia-exclusive firing — generating electricity using just ammonia — by 2030,….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 3:07 p.m.
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Japanese stores to be obliged to reduce use of disposable plastic items

Tokyo, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government at a cabinet meeting Friday adopted an ordinance to effectuate on April 1 a new law aimed at reducing plastic waste and promoting resources recycling.   Convenience stores, restaurants, hotels, laundries and others will be obliged to reduce the use of disposable plastic products by setting specific targets.   They will be urged….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 11:51 a.m.
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Kishida vows to achieve carbon neutrality in first policy speech

All national dailies reported on Tuesday on Prime Minister Kishida’s first policy speech at the start of the 208th ordinary Diet session on Monday. Nikkei reported that Kishida stressed the need to “drastically reform economic society” to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The premier also said combating the coronavirus is his top priority and announced that the government….Read more

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Japan, Thailand to launch new energy initiative for decarbonization

Japan and Thailand agreed on Thursday to launch new energy policy dialogue and implement joint projects to promote decarbonization, Japan’s industry ministry said, as the two countries aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.   Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Koichi Hagiuda and his Thai counterpart Supattanapong Punmeechaow signed a memorandum for the new initiatives during talks….Read more

  • January 13, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 3:40 p.m.
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Economic Minister Hagiuda on carbon capture and storage: technology to be introduced by 2030

In an interview he gave the Nikkei Shimbun on Jan. 7, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagiuda Koichi said that he aims to introduce technology for CO2 capture and storage [CCS] by 2030 to reduce CO2 emissions from thermal power generation, which uses coal and natural gas. Meanwhile, Hagiuda said that “thermal power generation is necessary to a certain….Read more

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Kishida pins hopes on biotechnology in climate change countermeasures

In a video message shown at an online meeting hosted by a biotechnology group on Jan. 12, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio expressed his intention to designate biotechnology as a pillar of Japan’s climate change countermeasures.   In the message, the prime minister commented that microorganisms that convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into fuel and protein are drawing attention worldwide. “Biotechnology will….Read more

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NEDO to subsidize development of decarbonization technology

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) announced on Jan. 7 that it will provide a subsidy of about 250 billion yen from a two-trillion yen decarbonization fund to nine projects. NEDO selected projects such as a new steelmaking method that utilizes hydrogen that Nippon Steel and others are developing and a method to halve carbon dioxide (CO2)….Read more

  • January 8, 2022
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Small reactor development gathers speed for decarbonization

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)–Small modular reactors, which have lower power output than conventional nuclear reactors, are attracting attention as next-generation technology suited for a decarbonized society.     With government aid offered in the United States and other major countries, manufacturers have stepped up the development of SMRs, which generate 300,000 kilowatts or less of electricity, or under one-third of the….Read more

  • January 12, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 7:05 p.m.
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JBIC heeds calls for engaging in EU decarbonization rule-making through assistance to Central and Eastern Europe

By Matsumoto Yuko, ESG editor   Dealing with climate change is becoming an urgent task for businesses, and they are also facing intense global competition. Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Governor Maeda Tadashi noted in a recent interview with Nikkei that Japanese companies “must have a ‘geopolitical vision,’ which is aimed at solving geopolitical issues by using the economy….Read more

  • January 6, 2022
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MOE to recruit local gov’ts to become pilot areas for decarbonization

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) will start recruiting local governments that plan to make concerted decarbonization efforts on Jan. 25. The MOE will first select 20 to 30 locations as pilot areas to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with power consumption to net zero by 2030. The government will support the introduction of renewable energy equipment and foster….Read more

  • January 5, 2022
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