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Govt eyes Fukushima Pref. as R&D center(Yomiuri)

The government hopes to transform Fukushima Prefecture into a center for medical and renewable energy research institutions, a move aimed at promoting post-March 11 disaster reconstruction in the prefecture affected by the ongoing nuclear crisis. … Read entire article »

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Hitachi-GE Nuclear JV to Tie Up with Polish Engineering Firm(JIJI)

Tokyo, July 28 (Jiji Press)–GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Inc., a joint venture between Japan’s Hitachi Ltd. <6501> and General Electric Co. of the United States, has agreed to form an alliance with Polish energy-related engineering company Energoprojekt Warszawa SA, Hitachi said Thursday. … Read entire article »

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Eco-Point Expiration Could Set Housing Industry Back(Nikkei)

Eco-Point Expiration Could Set Housing Industry Back(Nikkei)

TOKYO (Nikkei)–The expiration Sunday — five months earlier than initially planned — of an eco-point program aimed at boosting home sales could hammer the housing industry. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5.Climate Change & Carbon, unclassified

Fukushima towns won’t let summer go by without a bang(Japan Times)

Fukushima towns won’t let summer go by without a bang(Japan Times)

By MINORU MATSUTANI:Staff writer: To boost the spirits of locals in a tsunami-hit area of Fukushima Prefecture, a group of volunteers led by a Shinto priest is planning to hold a fireworks event Aug. 27 in the city of Iwaki’s Hisanohama beach — just about 30 km from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s radiation-spewing nuclear plant. … Read entire article »

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Study: Saving owls and salmon also stores carbon (The Seattle Times)

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A new study finds that court-ordered logging cutbacks to save spotted owls and salmon from extinction have also helped the climate by storing more carbon. … Read entire article »

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Mitsui Engineering Wins 1st Order For ‘Eco-Ship'(Nikkei)

Mitsui Engineering Wins 1st Order For ‘Eco-Ship'(Nikkei)

TOKYO (Nikkei)–Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. (7003) has received its first order for an “eco-ship” engineered to offer 20% better fuel economy. The company received an order from a domestic ship owner for two bulk carriers capable of transporting 66,000 tons of iron ore or coal. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2013-2014. The order is thought to be valued at around 7-8 billion yen. An improved model of Mitsui Engineering’s bulk carrier, the new ship … Read entire article »

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