In Japan, buildings use close to 70 percent of the country’s electricity, as many structures leak air and moisture or use outdated equipment. More than one-third of the country’s greenhouse gases come from homes and offices. In an article for E&E News, Sasakawa USA 2016 Journalism Fellow writes about ways architects in Japan are working to improve energy efficiency.
Despite gains in energy-consciousness, Japan struggles to become more climate-conscious, says Umair Irfan, recipient of Sasakawa USA’s 2016 Journalism Fellowship. In the fifth article in his series on Japan’s role in global energy and climate change, Mr. Irfan details some of the challenges faced by Japan’s environmentalist movement.
Sasakawa USA Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair attended the signing of a memorandum for the United States Trade Representative authorizing an inquiry into actions by China, such as the theft of U.S. intellectual property, that may harm U.S. innovation. The signing took place at the White House on Monday, August 14, 2017.
World Energy News reported that Japan’s cabinet approved the Japan Atomic Energy Commission’s (JAEC) new “Basic Concept on Nuclear Energy Use” on July 21, 2017. The concept calls for the promotion of the benefits of nuclear energy for the environment, people’s lives and the economy.