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Shizuoka Governor Backs Referendum on N-Plant(JIJI)

Shizuoka Governor Backs Referendum on N-Plant(JIJI)

Shizuoka, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)–Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu on Monday supported a proposal to hold a referendum on whether to restart the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in the central Japan prefecture. Kawakatsu accepted a petition a local citizen’s group submitted to have the prefectural assembly pass an ordinance to hold the referendum. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Huge solar power plants spring up in idle industrial complexes(Mainichi)

Huge solar power plants spring up in idle industrial complexes(Mainichi)

The construction of huge solar power plants is under way in unused industrial complexes across Japan amid expectations that solar power may become a pillar of renewable energy sources in the aftermath of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5.Climate Change & Carbon, 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Foreign firms eye bids for TEPCO smart meters(Yomiuri)

Foreign firms eye bids for TEPCO smart meters(Yomiuri)

Chiaki Toyoda / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer:  Foreign companies are preparing to enter bidding next fiscal year to supply Tokyo Electric Power Co. with smart meters–next-generation electric power meters. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Honda discloses estimates of all greenhouse gas emissions (Japan Today)

Honda discloses estimates of all greenhouse gas emissions (Japan Today)

TOKYO —Honda Motor Co has become the world’s first mobility company to disclose estimates of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to Honda including emissions from Honda’s global business operations and customer use of Honda motorcycles, automobiles and power products. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6CSR, unclassified

Green Climate Fund to discuss $100bn pledged by rich countries(Guardian)

Green Climate Fund to discuss $100bn pledged by rich countries(Guardian)

UN body set up to be world’s single biggest source of financing for climate change mitigation faces complex and difficult task. The fate of billions of dollars of promised funding from rich countries to help the developing world adapt to climate change will be discussed on Thursday in Geneva, at the first meeting of the UN’s Green Climate Fund. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5.Climate Change & Carbon

More checks on faults ordered under Mihama, Monju atomic plants(Kyodo)

More checks on faults ordered under Mihama, Monju atomic plants(Kyodo)

The Japanese government’s nuclear safety agency ordered Kansai Electric Power Co. and Japan Atomic Energy Agency on Friday to reinvestigate faults under the Mihama nuclear power plant and the Monju prototype fast breeder reactor, respectively. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident