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

Softbank Vision Fund invests $110m in Swiss energy storage start-up

Energy Vault claims its technology enables renewables to deliver baseload power for less than the cost of fossil fuels 24 hours a day

UK scientists granted £60m share to tackle global environmental challenges

The funding will be matched by international collaborators from nations including China, India, Japan and the US

Global nuclear watchdog chief dies at 72

Yukiya Amano headed the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency since 2009

Japan’s famous Nara Deer killed by plastic pollution

One dead deer’s stomach was found to contain 4.3 kilogrammes of plastic after it ate wrappers and packaging littered in the scenic area

Toyota to start public road trials of solar-powered cars

The demonstration car consists of a system that charges the battery while the vehicle is parked as well as when it is being driven

EU, Japan and US to co-operate on hydrogen and fuel cells

They believe the technologies could bring significant benefits to the energy sector, the economy and the environment

Japan ‘to build 20GW of coal-fired capacity over next decade’

It will depend on how many suspended nuclear reactors resume operation

Major companies urge Japan to set 50% renewable energy target for 2030

Firms including Apple, Fujitsu and Sony believe the switch to renewables is essential to improving their corporate competitiveness in the global economy as well as tackling climate change

Toyota to test blockchain peer-to-peer energy trading in Japan

The project will assess the feasibility of a two-way, self-autonomous electricity supply system that allows direct trading between consumers