Japan’s power demand ‘hit by coronavirus outbreak’

The head of a Japanese utilities federation says the pandemic has already led to socio-economic slowdown

Japanese firm invests in UK-based Winch Energy

The company develops and operates autonomous mini generation and distribution systems comprised of solar panels, battery storage and smart meters

Tokyo 2020 Olympics to see athletes sleep on sustainable cardboard beds

The 18,000 bedframes in the Athletes Village will be recycled into paper products after the games, while the mattresses will be converted into new plastics

Toyota unveils plans for ‘prototype city of the future’ in Japan

The ‘Woven City’ will be located at the base of Mount Fuji and powered by hydrogen fuel cells and solar panels

Kawasaki Heavy Industries unveils liquid hydrogen tanker

The ship is able to carry 1,250 cubic metres of liquid hydrogen in a single tank and will carry fuel from Australia to Japan

Japan’s Osaka Gas invests £20m in UK supplier Igloo Energy

The Southampton-based firm says the investment will fast-track the development of its home services arm aimed at helping customers reduce their energy use at home

Japanese shipping giant NYK unveils sustainability-linked loan

The finance mechanism will see interest rate fluctuate depending on the firm’s sustainability performance

Tsunami-hit Fukushima to become renewable energy hub

The region, which was the site of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear accident, could become home to 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants

Moixa breaks 10k battery milestone in Japan

The firm claims it is now managing the world’s largest single fleet of smart batteries

Japan ‘could be left with $71bn of stranded coal assets’

That’s the warning from Carbon Tracker, which says the country must reform its ‘pro-coal’ stance and policies