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Japan’s spent nuclear fuel to be reprocessed in France 

Asahi and Nikkei reported on Saturday that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has sealed a contract with a French firm to transport to and reprocess in France spent nuclear fuel generated at the Fugen nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. The French company will purchase for an undetermined price plutonium produced during reprocessing. The plutonium will be used by a….Read more

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Kishida gives no clear response to governor’s request for GOJ action on Futenma, PFAS

Okinawa Times wrote that Governor Tamaki held brief talks with Prime Minister Kishida ahead of Thursday’s ceremony in Okinawa marking the end of the Battle of Okinawa. According to Tamaki, the premier did not make a clear response to the governor’s request to the central government to set up a venue for dialogue on Futenma relocation or obtain the U.S.….Read more

  • June 24, 2022
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Hazardous substance detected in drainage adjacent to Misawa AB

NHK’s Aomori station reported on Thursday that following the leakage of 760 liters of water from pipes at a hangar at Misawa AB in January, the GOJ and the governments of Aomori Prefecture and Misawa City conducted water quality surveys at ten locations near the base on June 17. The Misawa City Government announced on Thursday that chemical compounds 2.4….Read more

  • June 23, 2022
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Keidanren chief wants national debate on decarbonization

Tokyo, June 16 (Jiji Press)–Masakazu Tokura, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, on Thursday underlined the need to have national discussions on ways to share the costs to achieve a carbon-free society.   Decarbonization efforts are “highly likely to generate additional public burdens, such as higher electricity costs,” Tokura said in a speech at a meeting organized by….Read more

  • June 16, 2022
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IHI ammonia power generation cuts greenhouse gases by 99 pct

Tokyo, June 16 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s IHI Corp. <7013> said Thursday that it has successfully cut greenhouse gases by over 99 pct during fuel combustion for power generation by using only liquid ammonia fuel in a 2,000-kilowatt-class gas turbine.     The heavy machinery maker plans to put the technology into practical use in 2025.     Expectations are high for power generation….Read more

  • June 16, 2022
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Leading Japanese automakers accelerate decarbonization efforts

Leading automakers are accelerating their efforts to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions at their plants much earlier than 2050, the target year advocated by the government.   Japan’s automakers need to move swiftly, as other countries are considering toughening regulations on imports of products from nations that have not done enough regarding decarbonization.   The reduction of CO2 emissions is being….Read more

  • June 16, 2022
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Focus: Spotlight on climate impact in Africa ahead of Japan-led confab

By Takaki Tominaga   TOKYO – The impact of climate change in Africa is drawing attention leading up to an international conference led by the Japanese government, as part of multiple crises the continent is facing along with the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.   Scientists have warned that Africa is likely to be hit the hardest by the catastrophic….Read more

  • June 12, 2022
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Staying afloat: Japan’s growing battle against climate change

KAZUNARI HANAWA, Nikkei climate change editor, and WATARU SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer   This Nikkei Asia Big Story will also be published as part of a series on climate change led by Taiwan’s CommonWealth magazine, in recognition of the United Nations’ World Environment Day, which fell on June 5.   TOKYO — In October 2019, Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the Japanese coast near….Read more

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‘Turquoise’ hydrogen offers Japan new path to decarbonization

KAE SUEFUJI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japanese industrial machinery maker Ebara is working on a new method to produce “turquoise” hydrogen, a potentially emissions-free version of the fuel, with the aim of commercializing it around 2026 to tap the global push toward decarbonization.   Most hydrogen produced today is extracted from fossil fuel sources through an extremely carbon-intensive….Read more

  • June 5, 2022
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Japan’s green jet fuel ambitions fly higher with Itochu-Etihad deal

TAKEHIRO HASEGAWA and MAMORU TSUGE, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Japan’s budding supply chain for sustainable aviation fuel is adding more links, as trading house Itochu becomes the first company in the country to supply the cleaner alternative to a foreign carrier.   Under a contract inked in May with Emirati carrier Etihad Airways, Itochu will procure sustainable aviation….Read more

  • June 4, 2022
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