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Tokio Marine to help companies analyze decarbonization costs

MASAYUKI SHIKATA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Insurance will launch as early as fiscal 2022 a service that calculates the financial risks companies could face from environmental regulations abroad, helping businesses better plan their strategies amid a growing global push to fight climate change.   While there already are services that predict losses from floods and other….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 1:03 p.m.
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PFAS contamination in Futenma water lower than GOJ standard

Saturday’s Okinawa Times and Monday’s Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the GOJ and the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced on Friday the results of the analysis of contamination in water samples they collected at the base on July 19. The analysis was conducted following the U.S. military’s release of water containing PFOS and PFOA from the Futenma Air Station after treating it.….Read more

  • October 16, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Aging forests likely to hinder Japan’s decarbonization efforts

JUNICHI SUGIHARA and KONATSU OCHI, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Planted forests are aging noticeably across Japan, with more than half now 50 years or older, making the country more vulnerable to typhoons and other natural disasters and also undermining its decarbonization efforts.   In 2019, Chiba Prefecture was hit by widespread blackouts as a result of Typhoon Faxai,….Read more

  • October 15, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 12:01 p.m.
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Japan to help ASEAN keep closer eye on greenhouse gas emissions

JUNYA IWAI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan will help Southeast Asian countries track greenhouse gas emissions by setting up a measuring and monitoring framework for industries, Nikkei has learned.   The outlines of the initiative will be crafted within the month and announced at the COP 26 climate summit to be hosted by the U.K., starting Oct. 31.….Read more

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Hydrogen extracted from water on larger scale

A group of researchers in Japan has safely obtained high-purity hydrogen from water in an unprecedentedly large-scale experiment by using a photocatalytic substance.   A photocatalyst causes and accelerates the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen by absorbing sunlight.   In contrast to fossil fuel, hydrogen does not emit carbon dioxide when being burned. The gas is considered a….Read more

  • October 17, 2021
  • , NHK WORLD , 1:31 a.m.
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Japan to help ASEAN ascertain volume of emitted global warming gasses

In a front-page article, Sunday’s Nikkei wrote that the GOJ is set to assist companies in Southeast Asia in grasping the amount of global warming gasses they emit, noting that an outline of the program will be unveiled in the upcoming COP26 conference in the UK. The GOJ will reportedly use an existing methodology for domestic firms to calculate the….Read more

  • October 17, 2021
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U.S. military says it could not identify source of PFAS contamination in Kin Town

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times wrote that concerning the detection of PFAS above the GOJ’s provisional standard of 50 nanograms per liter in tap water in the town of Kin, which hosts Camp Hansen, the U.S. Marines in Okinawa released a press statement on Thursday saying that they could not identify sources of the contamination through a preliminary survey at….Read more

  • October 15, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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University researchers detected high levels of PFAS at drain near Kadena AB last year

Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that high levels of PFAS were detected at a drain in Chatan that is connected to Kadena AB in a survey conducted by university professors last year. Meio University Professor Tashiro Yutaka collected water and foam samples at the drain on June 23, 2020, a day after a fire broke at Kadena AB and Kyoto University Associate….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
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U.S. lawmakers submit legislation on PFAS contamination at military installations

Okinawa Times front-paged a report from Washington saying that Senator Alex Padilla from California, which hosts MCAS Miramar and other bases, has introduced two pieces of legislation that direct the Department of Defense to identify and clean up PFAS at and near U.S. military installations across the country. Fourteen senior senators, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, co-sponsored one of….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
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Porous material created from greenhouse gas CO2 to store CO2

By Takenouchi Takahiro, staff writer   A team of researchers at Kyoto University has created a material capable of storing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide with one of the main ingredients being carbon dioxide itself.   A major problem with utilizing the heat-trapping gas until now has been that high temperature and pressure was needed to synthesize it.   But….Read more

  • October 13, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:55 p.m.
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