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Heavy Rain Along Japan’s Coast and Extreme Heat Disrupts the Tokyo Olympics
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Heavy Rain Along Japan’s Coast and Extreme Heat Disrupts the Tokyo Olympics

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Japan Country Manager Yun Tzu-Lin In July, Japan suffered from heavy rain that caused devastating flooding and landslides, especially in the coastal city of Atami. As the Japan Meteorological Agency finds, this is part of a trend of increasingly frequent extreme weather events where the occurrence of rainfall...

The Issue of Safety Remains of Paramount Importance in Japan’s Discussion Over the Role of Nuclear Energy
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The Issue of Safety Remains of Paramount Importance in Japan’s Discussion Over the Role of Nuclear Energy

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Japan Country Manager Yun-Tzu LinCurrently, Japan relies on nuclear power as an energy source to a minimal extent. In 2020, the share of electricity generated by nuclear power in Japan amounted to around 5.1%. There are ​​five plants with a total of nine reactors currently in operation; however,...

Japan’s Continued Reliance on Fossil Fuels Poses Largest Climate Obstacle
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Japan’s Continued Reliance on Fossil Fuels Poses Largest Climate Obstacle

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Japan Country Manager Yun Tzu-LinLast October, Prime Minister Suga pledged Japan’s intentions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and achieve a decarbonized society. Reaching this 2050 goal will require steep emission reductions by 2030. However, a major obstacle to this goal is Japan’s continued...

Japan Spotlight: Yokohama City
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Japan Spotlight: Yokohama City

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Japan Country Manager Yun-Tzu Lin   Yokohama City is located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean with a population of approximately 3.7 million, the second biggest in Japan (“About…” 2021). In response to the global shift toward a carbon neutrality and abnormal weather...

Best Climate Practice Japan: Kiko Network
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Best Climate Practice Japan: Kiko Network

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Japan Country Manager Yun-Tzu LinKiko (Climate) Network is a non-governmental, non-profit organization in Japan that focuses on putting together policy proposals for climate change prevention at the community level and beyond, disseminating information, and engaging in environmental education and training. Its aim is to change the actions of...

Japan’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Scheme
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Japan’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Scheme

Submitted by Climate Scorecard Japan Country Manager Yun-Tzu-LinOne of Japan’s most effective practices for distributing renewable energy has been the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme introduced in July 2012 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) under the Act on Special Measures Concerning the Procurement of Renewable Energy by Operators of Electric Utilities. The...

Fossil Fuels Make Up the Majority of Electricity Consumption in Japan
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Fossil Fuels Make Up the Majority of Electricity Consumption in Japan

Japan’s total electricity consumption in 2018 was recorded to be 1012.75 Terawatt hours (TWh), an increase of 22.03% compared to 1990 levels. This figure had been steadily increasing since 1990, ultimately reaching a peak in 2010 at 1123.75 TWh (IEA, 2020). Ever since, electricity consumption has been decreasing slightly; this trend can be attributed to...

Since 1990 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Increased by 2.7% in Japan
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Since 1990 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Increased by 2.7% in Japan

Latest Reported Greenhouse Gas Emission Level: 1.213 billion Metric Tons of CO2 in 2019: an increase of 2.7% over 1990 Levels (Source: National Institute for Environment Studies) According to the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2018 was 1,240 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (Mt CO2 eq.)....

New Prime Minister Declares Japan will Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Zero by 2050
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New Prime Minister Declares Japan will Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Zero by 2050

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, Japan has since experienced several significant climate disasters and adopted new policy changes. In this report, we are highlighting some of the most significant changes. In late summers and early autumns, Japan is often hit by tropical cyclones that devastate regions along the coasts with very heavy...

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