Energy and Technology

Japan’s new Basic Energy Plan

Japan’s Cabinet approved a revised Basic Energy Plan on July 3 that set goals for Japan’s energy mix to 2030. The plan moves Japan in the right direction, but is not as innovative as some had hoped.

Architects tackle emissions in a culture that discards homes

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Japan, buildings use close to 70 percent of the country’s electricity, as many structures leak air and moisture or use outdated equipment.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.

Japan is king of efficiency. But it’s losing climate passion

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.

Executive memorandum allows inquiry into China’s intellectual property theft

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.

Cabinet accepts new basic concept on nuclear energy use

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.