- Views The Renewable Outlook in Japan
- Five Things to Know About Energy in Japan
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Basic information about Japan’s energy situation is indispensable when examining the prospects for renewable energy sources here. We kick off our series with a quiz to see what you know about things like Japan’s energy self-sufficiency ratio and the price of gas.
Q1: What percentage of Japan’s energy needs is met by domestic energy sources?
Q2: Which country is the most energy efficient?
Q3: What share of Japan’s energy comes from renewable sources?
Q4: How many nuclear reactors are operating in Japan?
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Q5: How much does one liter of gasoline cost in Japan?
Originally written in Japanese by Kimura Ryōji.
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- Building a Floating Wind Farm Off the Fukushima CoastAfter being devastated by the Tōhoku earthquake and nuclear disaster last March, Fukushima Prefecture is now looking to renewable energy as a new area of industrial development. Tests of the world’s first large-scale offshore floating wind farm are underway, and hopes are high.
- Rice Paddy Power: Harnessing Microbial EnergyEnergy harvesting transforms the latent energy of the natural world that flows through our everyday environment into power we can use. In the fields that produce Japan’s staple crop, rice, work to harvest this energy has already begun.
- The Promise of Kinetic Power GenerationTechnology to collect energy from our everyday world is gaining attention. “Energy harvesting” technology can turn a crowded floor or a remote control into a tool for producing power. The technology holds a wealth of possibilities.