Nissan aims to sell a million EVs a year by 2022

It aims to launch eight new electric vehicles, including four models for China

EU fines capacitor makers €254m over price-fixing cartel

Capacitors are essential parts of almost all electronic products, from smart phones to appliances in homes, electronic systems in cars and wind turbines

New joint venture targets offshore wind sector in Japan

It involves a feasibility study to assess the application of Mono Bucket technology for a Japanese offshore wind generation project

EU, Japan push for exemptions from Trump’s metal tariffs

The European Union and Japan have urged the US to grant them exemptions from the import metal tariffs. Trade officials met in Brussels on Saturday to address issues such as trade distortive practices that lead to severe global overcapacity in sectors like steel. The EU and Japan also raised Donald Trump’s decision to impose additional […]

Shell expects potential global LNG supply shortage

Shell sees a potential supply shortage of liquefied natural gas (LNG) developing in the mid-2020s as global demand surges. Its latest annual LNG Outlook states demand in the global market grew by 29 million tonnes to 293 million tonnes last year and based on current projections, there could be a shortage unless new production commitments […]

Japanese firm to use UK AI software for battery storage

A Japanese firm has invested £5 million in a battery storage technology company in the UK. Under the partnership, Itochu Corporation will use Moixa’s GridShare software, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to optimise the performance of batteries. It can manage large fleets of deices to support solar generation, control electric vehicle (EV) charging and function […]

Poop-power hydrogen gets things moo-ving in Japan

Japanese cars could soon be driving around powered by poop rather than petrol. That’s according to researchers at industrial gas manufacturer Air Water, who say converting manure from cows, pigs and chickens into hydrogen on the dairy farming island of Hokkaido could potentially help decarbonise the region’s transport sector. In January, the Environmental Preservation Centre […]

Japanese firm gets approval for first reactors since Fukushima

Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has been granted initial safety approval to restart two reactors at a nuclear plant. It is the first approval from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) since the Fukushima incident in 2011, which led to a meltdown of reactors following an earthquake and tsunami. The NRA said two reactors at the […]

Scotland and Japan team up on underwater research

Scotland and Japan have announced a new agreement to help both countries capitalise on subsea technology opportunities. Scottish Enterprise and The Nippon Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together and invest in research and development within the sector. The projects will predominantly address challenges faced by the Japanese industry, with Scotland using […]

Toyota and Japanese retail giant in fuel cell trial

Automotive giant Toyota and Seven-Eleven Japan have teamed up to carry out fuel cell pilot projects. The trials will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the convenience store chain’s operations and distribution network. One of the projects include exploring how fuel cell technologies could be deployed in Seven-Eleven Japan’s trucks to power both the […]