Japan News

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Singapore's DBS Bank is newly listed among the top 60 banks globally which committed US$705 trillion into fossil fuel financing in 2023, a new report shows.
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The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero Asia Pacific (GFANZ APAC) network has launched a study to model the cost of retiring Japan’s coal plants early, which comes as the country’s government looks to review its energy plans this year.
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China accounted for 95 per cent of the world’s new coal power construction activity in 2023, according to the latest annual report from Global Energy Monitor (GEM).
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The global market for e-bikes is surging. These bicycles, usually equipped with pedals and an electric motor assist, are popular with consumers and commuters and are becoming part of local business delivery systems. The trend could significantly reduce particulate pollution and smog, as well as cut carbon emissions in the transportation sector.
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Japan Opinion

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India is on its way to becoming the third-largest economy in the world, yet unemployment among young people with graduate degrees is at an all-time high.
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India’s Indigenous Prototype Fast Breeder Nuclear Reactor (PFBR) and abundant thorium reserves hold key to India’s future energy security.
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The United States' decision to pause permits for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities does not threaten Asia’s energy security or decarbonisation goals.
Malaysia solar
Achieving net zero emissions requires compromise but energy justice for all needs to be at the heart of any decision. For all the talk, it's not happening, yet.
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Japan Videos

Deep sea mining
EB Studio There are vast mineral riches lying on the ocean floor that could help to power the energy transition, but is the environmental cost of extracting them worth the risk?
Toyota iroad
Toyota will partner Japanese car-sharing service operator Park24 for a six-month experiment leasing the i-Road concept vehicle, with …
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New ad takes aim at Tepco’s lack of transparency on the water contamination at Fukushima’s nuclear site. Watch the video here:
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The Japanese conglomerate is developing technologies that can power smart communities, including electric buses equipped with GPS and fast-charging batteries.
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Japan Podcasts

Action against greenwashing in Asia
Japan-based academic Kim Schumacher, who coined the term "competence greenwashing", believes that the pursuit of societal harmony might be standing in the way of Asia calling out greenwashing. He tells the Eco-Business Podcast how exaggerated ESG claims are likely to be tackled in 2023 and beyond.
The Eco-Business Podcast
Eco-Business talks to Peter Kiernan, lead energy analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, to unpack a new landmark report from the International Energy Agency, which proposes an immediate ban on fossil fuels extraction to curb global warming.
Coal-fired power planet
China, Japan and Korea have just announced exciting decarbonisation targets. On the Eco-Business podcast, Dr Frank Rijsberman, director general of the Global Green Growth Institute, talks about what these targets mean for the region's development and our climate.
Nodules on the deep sea floor
Pro-miners argue that deep-sea mining is essential to enable the energy transition. On the Eco-Business podcast, Sian Owen of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition argues why nature's last frontier should be protected, not exploited.
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