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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
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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
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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
  • , The Mainichi
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METI plans to store up to 240 million tons of CO2 underground by 2050

On April 20th, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced a plan to store 120 million to 240 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually by 2050 using carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology to store CO2 underground. The plan clearly states the government’s goal to launch the CCS project by 2030. The government will compile a….Read more

  • April 21, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 11
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Gov’t plans to support new investments in hydrogen, ammonia

On April 21, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) unveiled plans to help businesses when they make large initial investments in hydrogen and ammonia, energy sources which do not emit CO2 when burned. The government will support the construction of supply chains from production to storage and transport.   The plans were presented at a meeting of the….Read more

  • April 22, 2022
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METI estimates decarbonization will cost materials industry 20 trillion yen

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has put together an estimate showing that the materials industry, including steel and chemical producers, will need to shoulder more than 20 trillion yen in order to achieve the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The estimate will be included in the decarbonization strategy framework for the materials industry….Read more

  • April 18, 2022
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POLITICS

METI and three other ministries to launch a task force on renewable energy management

At a press conference held after a cabinet meeting on April 19, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagiuda Koichi announced that METI will jointly launch a task force to study the proper management of renewable energy power generation facilities with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), and the Ministry….Read more

  • April 20, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 11
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Japan’s Mitsubishi and Eneos to mass-produce cleaner jet fuel

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Corp. and Eneos Holdings on Monday jointly announced that they will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which significantly cuts down on carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft. The companies will as soon as 2027 establish a domestic supply chain that handles everything from procurement of raw materials to manufacturing and distribution.

  • April 18, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:26 p.m.
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