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TEPCO balks at paying extra 50,000 yen to residents in nuclear disaster settlement (Mainichi)

TEPCO balks at paying extra 50,000 yen to residents in nuclear disaster settlement (Mainichi)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has flatly refused a proposal by the Nuclear Damage Compensation Dispute Resolution Center (ADR) to increase compensation payments for psychological damage suffered by people from the Fukushima Prefecture town of Namie, near the company’s crippled nuclear power plant. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Eksportkreditt Norge AS Adopts the Equator Principles (EPA)

Eksportkreditt Norge AS Adopts the Equator Principles (EPA)

Export Credit Norway joins the international initiative to safeguard environmental and social conditions and has decided to adopt the Equator Principles. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1. BANK

Japan bets big on making fuel-cell cars a reality (Japan Today)

Japan bets big on making fuel-cell cars a reality (Japan Today)

TOKYO —Japan’s government and top carmakers, including Toyota Motor Corp, are joining forces to bet big that they can speed up the arrival of the fuel cell era: a still costly and complex technology that uses hydrogen as fuel and could virtually end the problem of automotive pollution. … Read entire article »

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

Impact of Fukushima groundwater bypass eludes Tepco (Japan Times)

Impact of Fukushima groundwater bypass eludes Tepco (Japan Times)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. can’t confirm whether the groundwater bypass operation at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is working, Tepco officials said. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Self-powering office buildings just around the corner (Nikkei)

Self-powering office buildings just around the corner (Nikkei)

TOKYO — Japanese general contractors are making strides toward office buildings that can take care of their own energy needs. Taisei is set to test the world’s first prototype zero-net-energy office building in Yokohama. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9.Energy

Power companies hold shareholders’ meetings (NHK)

Power companies hold shareholders’ meetings (NHK)

Proposals to scrap nuclear reactors have been rejected at shareholders meetings of 9 major power companies in Japan. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident