A number of English-language materials and videos are now available that provide an updated view of the Japanese renewable energy situation. In addition, the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation has just compiled a extensive list of recent English-language news clippings about energy policy in Japan (below).
Status of Renewable Energy in Japan, presentation slides by Hironao Matsubara, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (February 2014).
Current Issues, Status, and Trends for Renewables in Japan, by Hironao Matsubara, paper submitted to the World Wind Energy Conference 2014, Shanghai, April 2014.
Conference Slides and Videos, REvision 2014, International Conference on Global Energy Turnarounds and Japan's Path, February 25, 2014, organized by the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF).
Conference Description and Selected Slides, International Community Power Conference, Fukushima, Japan, January 31-February 2, 2014, organized by the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP). Also foreign expert video messages.
The English executive summary of the annual "Renewables Japan Status Report 2014" published by ISEP is also forthcoming in the coming weeks.
English-Language News Clippings About Energy Policy in Japan (courtesy of JREF)
[Basic Energy Plan]
Japan caught up in energy dilemma
Nature, March 5, 2014
Three years after a tsunami led to reactor meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, the country is at a crossroads in terms of energy policy.
What Does Japan’s Basic Energy Plan Mean for the Uranium Sector?
The Motley Fool, March 4, 2014
Japan's new Basic Energy Plan announced Feb 25 gave a boost to uranium stocks this past week.
Japan Sees Key Role for Nuclear Power
The Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2014
Japan will continue to rely on nuclear power as a central part of its energy policy under a draft government plan, effectively overturning a pledge by a previous administration to phase out all nuclear plants.
Reversing Course, Japan Makes Push to Restart Dormant Nuclear Plants
The New York Times, February 25, 2014
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made its biggest push yet to revive Japan’s nuclear energy program on Tuesday, announcing details of a draft plan that designates atomic power as an important long-term electricity source.
Japan unveils draft energy policy in wake of Fukushima
The Guardian, February 25, 2014
Japan has unveiled its first draft energy policy since the Fukushima meltdowns three years ago, saying nuclear power remains an important source of electricity for the country.
Nuclear power a 'key base-load energy source': gov't basic energy plan
Mainichi Japan, February 25, 2014
The government drew up the draft of a basic energy plan on Feb. 25, labeling nuclear power as an "important base-load energy source" in a turnaround from the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)-led government's "zero-nuclear" policy.
[Feed in tariff]
Panel proposes Japan offshore wind tariff lift, solar cut
Reuters, March 10, 2014
A government panel has recommended Japan lift the amount utilities must pay for electricity from offshore wind farms while cutting prices for power fed in from solar projects, as the country looks to diversify its use of renewable energy.
Japan faces obstacles in push for renewable energy
Nikkei Asian Review, March 8, 2014
In promoting renewable energy, the Japanese government seeks to ease the excessive focus on solar power through changes in pricing under its feed-in tariff program.
Japan May Set Higher Offshore Wind Subsidy, Reduce Solar Tariff
Bloomberg, March 7, 2014
Japan plans to reduce incentives for solar power and introduce a higher tariff for offshore wind than onshore turbines to encourage installations.
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Japan’s Giant Tsunami Wall Fails to Stop Atomic Power Fears
Bloomberg, March 11, 2014
The cost to restart Japan’s nuclear power plants: $12.3 billion and counting. That’s the amount power companies have committed so far on thousands of tons of reinforced concrete and steel, armies of workers, tsunami walls and seismic tests.
Japan’s energy debate rages on tsunami anniversary
CNBC, March 11, 2014
As Japan marked the third anniversary on Tuesday of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that sparked a nuclear emergency, debate rages as to whether the country should return to nuclear power.
Japan to restart safe nuke plants, Abe says before quake anniversary
Mainichi Japan (Kyodo), March 10, 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday Japan will restart nuclear reactors that are confirmed safe by regulators, speaking ahead of the third anniversary Tuesday of the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered the Fukushima crisis.
THREE YEARS AFTER: DPJ’s ‘no-nuclear’ bill obliterated after regime change
The Asahi Shimbun, March 10, 2014
The Democratic Party of Japan administration had devised a specific plan to wean Japan off nuclear energy, but legislation to put that strategy in motion died when the party lost power in 2012.
Minister says Japan to 'lower' nuclear power dependence
Mainichi Japan, February 27, 2014
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi said at a meeting of the House of Representatives budget committee on Feb. 27 that the nation will lower its dependence on nuclear power but also stressed that nuclear power is needed to ensure a stable energy supply.
Incoming TEPCO chairman says July restart of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plan unlikely
Mainichi Japan, Feberuary 26, 2014
Fumio Sudo, who is set to become chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) in April, said Feb. 25 it is unlikely the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture will be restarted in July.
Eager to restart reactors, utilities increase spending on safety by 60%
The Asahi Shimbun, February 18, 2014
Electric power companies are pouring hundreds of billions of yen into safety measures at nuclear power plants to ensure their reactors can be restarted and to pull themselves out of their business slump.
Obstacles to green energy expansion
The Japan Times, February 10, 2014
The government has started a review of the feed-in-tariff (FIT) system under which the nation’s major power companies in principle have to buy electricity generated by solar, wind, geothermal and medium- to small-scale hydro power and biomass at fixed prices.
SoftBank builds up power business ahead of 2016 deregulation
Nikkei Asian Review, Feburuary 3, 2014
SoftBank is trying to get the jump on competitors ahead of the Japan's planned liberalization of the power market in 2016.