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Tokyo governor: Environmental policy is growth strategy

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike spoke to the Yomiuri International Economic Society at a Tokyo hotel on Wednesday, saying “environmental policy is a growth strategy” and pledging to accelerate efforts to require solar panels on new houses.   The Tokyo metropolitan government has set a goal of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to the 2000 level.   “Given the….Read more

  • April 28, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 5:29 p.m.
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Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll on Global Warming

According to the Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll on Global Warming, 90.2% of Japanese are concerned about global warming. This is roughly equivalent to the 91.2% found in the 2017 poll. When asked about the global warming countermeasures passed by the cabinet in October last year, only about 10% said that the target of lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 46%….Read more

  • April 21, 2022
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [1696] – pp. 1 and 4–6)
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TEPCO reports slowdown in Fukushima n-plant water increase

 Tokyo, April 27 (Jiji Press)–Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> on Wednesday reported a slowdown in the pace of increase in radioactive water at its meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.   As a result, TEPCO expects to reach the full storage capacity for water treated through water cleanup equipment by around summer or autumn 2023, later than the….Read more

  • April 28, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 1:23 a.m.
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MOE selects 26 geographical areas to lead decarbonization efforts

By Okada Ei   On April 26, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) announced it has selected 26 “pilot decarbonization areas,” which are comprised of a total of 48 local governments in 19 prefectures, to be the first group of local governments to aim for achieving net zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030.   The MOE called for applications….Read more

  • April 27, 2022
  • , Mainichi , p. 20
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Keidanren: Japan needs to spend 400 tril. yen to achieve net zero emissions

Japan’s biggest business lobby estimates that about 400 trillion yen, or about 3.2 trillion dollars needs to be invested for the country to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.   NHK obtained a draft position paper by the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, on how the government should reach its target. It says that a mid- to long-term….Read more

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Foam extinguisher containing PFAS leaked at Kadena AB eight times between 2018 and 2021

Saturday’s Okinawa Times led with a report by freelance journalist Jon Mitchell, in which he said that he has learned from U.S. Air Force documents obtained by the Okinawa Times through the Freedom of Information Act that nine cases of leaked foam extinguisher occurred at the Kadena AB between May 2018 and January 2021 and that eight of them involved….Read more

  • April 23, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times
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MUFG to help ASEAN adopt tech for slower shift away from carbon

TOKYO — Japan’s MUFG Bank will work with other lenders to finance projects that will help Southeast Asia’s exit from fossil fuels using transitional technologies more suited for the region’s own economic needs. 

  • April 25, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 4:18 a.m.
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MOE to launch project to visualize greenhouse gas emissions in supply chains

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) will launch a project to “visualize” greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain of domestic companies. MOE will support small and mid-sized companies, who have been slow to respond to this issue, in releasing emissions information. This will make it easier for large companies to calculate emissions for each of their products and services.….Read more

  • April 21, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 1
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Electric car battery chargers to become mandatory in new buildings in Tokyo

TOKYO — Japan’s capital is set to obligate construction firms to install battery chargers for zero-emission vehicles including electric cars in new buildings, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike disclosed in a regular news conference on April 22.   Stand-alone houses constructed by major housebuilders as well as large buildings including housing complexes in Tokyo will be subject to the policy, which….Read more

  • April 23, 2022
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