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Japanese RE encouragement

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Japan
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  • June 24 2012

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry announced June 18 above-market rates to be paid for geothermal, solar, and wind power under long-term purchase contracts starting July 1 to encourage more power production from renewable sources

Japanese recycling

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Japan
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  • January 8 2012

Japan’s Ministry of the Environment issued a proposal December 27 that would promote recycling of 80 consumer and industrial electrical and electronic products as a way to reduce illegal waste exports and recover precious metals contained in the used products

103 Japanese reforms spur RE

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Japan
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  • April 8 2012

Japan’s Working Group on Regulatory and Administrative Reforms recently recommended 103 regulations to be relaxed or abolished to encourage renewable energy development in the country following the reduction in nuclear power since last spring’s nuclear crisis

Japanese EV tax breaks

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Japan
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  • December 18 2011

Japan announced last week that it will extend tax breaks for low-polluting vehicles for another three years as demand for green cars has reinvigorated the country’s nearly stagnant auto market in part due to tax breaks and increasing interest in fuel efficiency

Japanese vehicle efficiency increased

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Japan
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  • October 30 2011

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport finalized targets October 20 to increase average passenger car fuel economy to 47.7 miles per gallon by 2020, an increase of 24.1 percent from 2009 levels

WTO rules public can view Japanese-Canadian dispute hearing

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Canada, Global, Japan
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  • January 22 2012

On January 18, the World Trade Organization said the public can listen in on dispute panel proceedings between Japan and Canada over whether the domestic content requirements under Ontario's Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program violate WTO rules by requiring that wind and solar projects include a minimum amount of Ontario originated goods and services

Nuclear safety plan

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Japan, USA
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  • March 11 2012

The Nuclear Energy Institute announced March 6 that the nuclear industry will proceed with the acquisition of additional safety equipment at the country’s nuclear power plants as its top response to last year’s Japanese nuclear crisis

Japanese offset plan announced

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Japan
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  • October 24 2011

Japan, the fifth-largest global greenhouse gas emitter, unveiled a plan October 21 to subsidize 14 companies considering foreign emissions offsets as an alternative to the United Nations’ carbon trading scheme

Japan carbon trading consolidation

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Japan
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  • April 22 2012

At a joint meeting of Japan’s Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry April 16, the two agencies identified a number of ways to consolidate its two domestic carbon trading programs in an attempt to encourage businesses to more actively trade CO2 credits as the country works to reduce emissions

Japanese business lobby denounces emissions cuts

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Japan
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  • September 18 2011

On September 15, Nippon Keidanren, Japan’s largest business lobby, urged the government to abandon a pledged 25 reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2020, as Japan seeks to improve its energy economy after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami