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Gov’t suggests TEPCO freeze soil around Fukushima plant (Japa Today)

Gov’t suggests TEPCO freeze soil around Fukushima plant (Japa Today)

TOKYO —A government panel of experts on Thursday recommended that Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) consider freezing the soil around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to reduce the amount of radioactive groundwater being generated by water flowing into the plant. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

ANZ biggest gambler on dirty coal and gas exports, 3 Japanese Mega banks also ranked in the Top-Ten(Market Forces & BankTrack)

ANZ biggest gambler on dirty coal and gas exports, 3 Japanese Mega banks also ranked in the Top-Ten(Market Forces & BankTrack)

A new interactive map has been published that identifies ANZ as the commercial bank lending most heavily to coal and gas export projects along Australia’s Eastern seaboard, including in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1. BANK, 5.Climate Change & Carbon, 6CSR

Abe, Singh ink statement on nuclear deal, India closer to getting technology(Japan Times)

Abe, Singh ink statement on nuclear deal, India closer to getting technology(Japan Times)

India moved a step closer Wednesday to acquiring Japanese nuclear technology and equipment when its prime minister, Manmohan Singh, and his Tokyo counterpart, Shinzo Abe, signed a joint statement to promote talks to conclude a cooperation pact to this end. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 7.China & Asia, 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident, 9.Energy

Inpex, Russia firm in Okhotsk oil deal (Kyodo)

Inpex, Russia firm in Okhotsk oil deal (Kyodo)

Japanese and Russian oil companies have agreed to jointly develop an offshore field in the Okhotsk Sea near the city of Magadan, Inpex Corp. of Japan said Wednesday. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 7.China & Asia, 9.Energy

S Korean paper says A-bombs on Japan were ‘divine punishment’ (Japan Today)

S Korean paper says A-bombs on Japan were ‘divine punishment’ (Japan Today)

  TOKYO   —Japan on Thursday accused a South Korean newspaper of “dishonorable” behavior for publishing an editorial suggesting the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were “divine punishment.” … Read entire article »

Filed under: 7.China & Asia, unclassified

Banco Popular Joins the Equator Principles (EPA)

Banco Popular Joins the Equator Principles (EPA)

Banco Popular has joined the Equator Principles, a voluntary set of guidelines for the inclusion of social and environmental criteria in the risk management process of Project Finance transactions of more than 10 million US dollars. These principles have been promoted by various entities from the financial sector in coordination with the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1. BANK, 6CSR