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Denuclearization Should Consider Logical Pathway, Consensus of Citizenry: Expectations for Societal Reform Through Natural Energy Takejiro Sueyoshi COLUMN

A review in energy policy looks more and more likely, and hopes for renewable energies are growing. We sought the comments of Takejiro Sueyoshi, special advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), who is also an opinion leader in environmental and energy issues.

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Three Proposals to Avoid a Solar Bubble. Kenji Asano COLUMN

At the April 27, 2012 conference by the the feed-in tariff rates appraisal committee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the committee chairman's plan for a feed-in tariff (hereinafter FIT) to be enacted in July was approved. Under this plan, energy generated by photovoltaic means (hereinafter PV) of less than 10kW, for example, will be purchased at a price of 42 JPY/kWh for 10 years (however, for household use, when the extant subsidy of 35,000 JPY/kW is taken into account, it amounts to approximately 48 JPY), while amounts greater than 10kW will be purchased at 42 JPY/kW for 20 years (Table 1). The expectation is that the FIT will create a large scale demand for renewable energy, and will simultaneously cause a decrease in the unit price of products and lead to the stimulation of related industries and job creation through increased demand.

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Renewable Energy Introduction Potential Map and Basic Zoning Information Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan REPORT

Ministry of the Environment of Japan began a service to display potential location for renewable energy on a Japanese map by using Google Earth.

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42 JPY/kWh purchase price for solar energy raises concerns over massive financial burden — Expansion of subsidies, costs of comprehensive revision of the energy infrastructure... To what purpose is this fiscally ruinous policy? GEPR Editorial staffs COLUMN

The procurement cost appraisal committee (chaired by Professor Kazuhiro Ueta of Kyoto University) of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry that has studied the details of the renewable energy feed-in tariff (FIT) beginning in July of this year has submitted a proposal to set the purchase price for solar energy at 42 JPY/kWh.

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On the Solar Panels Over My Head: How should we face their innocence and fickleness? Sumiko Takeuchi COLUMN

I have always loved nature, and perhaps because I have long been active in Oze conservation efforts at Tokyo Electric Power Company where I worked until the end of last year, I have longed to see energy being provided by the sun's blessings. It is a faith in a sun, or “sun worship” so to speak.

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Green jobs cannot be created with subsidies - Illusion of Feed-in Tariff GEPR Editorial staffs COLUMN

The Feed-in tariff (FIT), which will be enforced in Japan this July, is a system for paying a cost-based price for a renewable electricity and shift its cost to electricity charges.

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Is Fukushima Dangerous? -- Distorted images of Japan - Morley Robertson × Nobuo Ikeda

What's happen? What was the cause in Fukushima? Morley Robertson, writer and DJ, talk about distorted images of Japan after Fukushima nuclear plant accident with Nobuo Ikeda.

21st Century Energy Challenges

At the ARPA-E 2012 summit, Bill Gates and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st century in the U.S. and around the world.

A Web-TV Program "Is radiation really so harmful? Considering risks of nuclear power generation" (Japanese only)

Agora Institute, who operates GEPR, broadcasted a Web-TV program "Is radiation really so harmful? Considering risks of nuclear power generation" on internet video streaming channel "Niconico Live " on January 19th (in Japanese only) . Nobuo Ikeda, President of Agora Incorporated, and three experts on radiation, risk analysis, and energy policy discussed about the situations after Fukushima nuclear accident. Their opinions were consistent that potentiality of health damage caused by the Fukushima accident is very small. GEPR will provide a summary about this program soon.


Agora Inc., who operates GEPR, releases a podcast program which was originally aired on Jan. 19th, 2012on internet video streaming channel "Nico-nico Live"; "Is radiation really so harmful? Considering risks of nuclear power generation" (Japanese only) The panel: Nobuo Ikeda, Akihiro Sawa, Jun Takada, and Hiroyuki Matsuda