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Koizumi, Hosokawa Want Immediate Halt of Nuclear Plants (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)—Former Japanese Prime Ministers Koizumi Jun'ichirō  and Hosokawa Morihiro on Wednesday called for an immediate halt of operations at all active nuclear power reactors in the nation, as part of a set of proposals designed to end the country's dependence on nuclear energy. A group aiming to reduce Japan's nuclear dependence to zero and promote renewable energy, for whi…

Suzuki Starts Test of Fuel Cell Scooter on Public Roads (News)

Tokyo, March 21 (Jiji Press)—Suzuki Motor Corp. said Tuesday that it has started testing a fuel cell scooter on public roads, seeking the possibility of its commercial launch in the future. It is the first time for a fuel cell two-wheeled vehicle to travel on public roads in Japan, the company said. A model of the Suzuki fuel cell scooter on display during a 2015 hydrogen energy symposi…

Revving to Go for 2020: Tokyo Governor Koike Launches New Fuel Cell Buses (Japan in Photos)

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko takes a test ride on one of two new fuel cell buses on March 6, 2017. The buses are scheduled to begin making runs between Tokyo Station and the international exhibition center Tokyo Big Sight from March 21. The metropolitan government looks to introduce more than 100 fuel cell buses as part of its aim to realize a “hydrogen society” by 2020, the year of the Tokyo O…

Japan Government Formally Decides to Decommission Monju Reactor (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government formally decided on Wednesday to decommission the trouble-plagued Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in Tsuruga in the central Japan prefecture of Fukui. At a meeting of relevant ministers, the government also determined that it will maintain its nuclear fuel cycle policy and continue to develop a new fast reactor by obtaining neces…

Monju Fast-Breeder Reactor Set for Decommissioning

At a September 21 ministerial meeting, the Japanese government took a step toward decommissioning the Monju fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture. Cabinet members involved in nuclear power policy agreed to draw up plans within the year for the development of a new fast reactor to replace Monju, operated by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The formal decision to decommission the reactor …

Government Fails to Address Contradictions Over Japan’s Nuclear FutureKikkawa Takeo

The August 2015 restart of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kyūshū ended a two-year shutdown of all nuclear reactors in Japan. As commentators debate whether this will prompt other plants around the country to come back online, the current administration appears unwilling to take responsibility for dealing with contradictions between the need to shut down aging facilities and the nation’s continued reliance on nuclear power.

The Hydrogen Revolution: Game-Changing Developments Loom for Global Energy SupplyKikkawa Takeo

With zero emissions, hydrogen has long been regarded as a highly promising green fuel. But difficulties in transporting and storing this highly volatile gas, along with slow development of the necessary infrastructure, have kept progress stalled until relatively recently. But 2014 was a big year for hydrogen energy in Japan. An expert on the topic looks to what the future may hold.

“Kotatsu” Staff

The kotatsu has been keeping Japanese people warm through hundreds of winters. We introduce the heating system that keeps the family together.

Clouds on the Horizon for Solar Power in JapanKikkawa Takeo

Feed-in tariffs were introduced in 2012 to promote renewable energy in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in March 2011. But numerous issues have arisen in the two years since. How can solar power and other forms of renewable energy production be promoted sustainably?

Include Nuclear Power in Japan’s Basic Energy PlanShiraishi Takashi

Voters in Tokyo went to the polls on February 9 to elect a new governor. The victor was Masuzoe Yōichi, former minister of health, labor, and welfare, who had the full backing of the Liberal Democratic Party and of the New Kōmeitō, its coalition partner in the national government. The turnout was 46.14%. Masuzoe got 2,112,979 votes, 43.4% of the total. In distant second place was Utsunomiya Kenj…

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