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Wind Power News: Japan


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 12, 2021 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Rare birds found at site of planned wind farm in Hokkaido

Conservation groups are demanding a plan to build a wind farm in Hokkaido be rescinded after they confirmed red-crowned cranes, a bird species the government designated a special national treasure, are breeding in the area. The Wild Bird Society of Japan and other nature groups said the project, by a subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., should be scrapped to protect the rare birds’ natural habitat. “I would like company officials to fully grasp the significance of the newly discovered habitat,” . . . Complete story »

May 13, 2021 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Victim of police privacy breach warns against new data laws

In July 2014, Miwa learned that his movements were being watched by local police and the information on him was passed on to a subsidiary of Chubu Electric Power Co. The subsidiary was planning to construct a wind power facility in Miwa’s community. So, Miwa and some like-minded neighbors opposed to the wind farm met to discuss the matter. It turned out that Ogaki Police Station officers kept a close eye on their meetings and shared the information with employees of the Chubu Electric subsidiary. Complete story »

March 6, 2021 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Failure of world’s 1st offshore floating wind farm in Fukushima disappoints 3.11 survivors

FUKUSHIMA – About seven years after the world’s first floating wind turbine was installed off the eastern Japan prefecture of Fukushima, the Japanese government announced its withdrawal from the offshore wind farm, disappointing survivors of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. The turbine, dubbed “Fukushima Mirai (future),” was placed in the Pacific Ocean some 20 kilometers off the town of Naraha in Fukushima Prefecture, and unveiled to media in October 2013, about 2 1/2 years after the quake and . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2021 • Editorials, JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Expanding wind power use needs careful look at suitability of site

The Environment Ministry has started discussions on a possible revision of its environmental impact assessment system for planned wind farms. The discussions started after administrative reform minister Taro Kono called for a deregulation of the system to help expand the use of renewable energy sources, which is a pillar of measures for fighting the climate crisis. Using more renewables, which involve no greenhouse gas emissions, is, in fact, key to realizing a carbon-free society. We are facing the test of . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2020 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Government to dismantle ¥60 billion wind power project off Fukushima coast

The government said Thursday it will remove the two remaining wind power turbines it installed off Fukushima Prefecture citing lack of profit in the project, which cost ¥60 billion ($580 million). The project was widely seen as a symbol of the reconstruction of the northeastern prefecture following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. The decision came despite Japan’s goal of raising its offshore wind power generation to up to 45 gigawatts in 2040 from a mere 20,000 kilowatts at . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2020 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

The answer is blowin’ in the wind: turbines blamed for Japan city’s TV signal troubles

AKITA – Residents of this northeastern Japan prefecture have been struggling with poor television service of late, with residents of the city of Katagami under particular difficulty when it comes to getting reception on the box. The disruption is believed to have blown in from an unexpected source: wind farms. So far, firms in charge of local wind power facilities have received over 1,700 enquiries about the issue, and work to try and reduce the disruptions has been expedited. But there . . . Complete story »

January 28, 2020 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Bird-strike fears raised over plan for offshore wind farm in Kyushu

KITA-KYUSHU—Collisions with the propellers of windmills at a planned offshore wind power plant could further reduce populations of rare birds on islands here, the Wild Bird Society of Japan warns. The society in November submitted a set of recommendations to the Kita-Kyushu city government, calling for a review of the project planned by wind farm operator Glocal Corp. According to the plans of Glocal, a contractor based in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, two 6-megawatt windmills will be set up several hundred . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2019 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Japanese team: Small wind farms a danger to birds

A Japanese research team is recommending that steps be taken to protect endangered bird species from the threat posed by small wind farms. To illustrate its point, the team released a video clip of a bird flying into a wind turbine at a small farm in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido. The farm chosen for the study has an output of less than 20 kilowatts. The experts, from Tokushima University, captured the moment that a white-tailed eagle, an endangered species, . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2019 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Japanese environment minister urges review of windfarm project

There are fears that replacing turbines at a windfarm in the north of Hokkaido, Japan, could pose significant problems for wintering eagles, with Japanese environment minister Yoshiaki Harada recently calling for a review of the proposal over the potential for bird strikes. The Eurus Soya Misaki Windfarm, at Wakkanai on Cape Soya, produced an environmental impact assessment of its planned project, but Harada has urged a thorough review of the proposals. Both Steller’s Sea and White-tailed Eagles winter in Cape . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2019 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Env. minister urges review of Hokkaido wind farm project over bird strike fears

TOKYO – The environment minister submitted a statement on Feb. 18 urging a drastic review of a plan to replace turbines at a wind farm in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido due to concerns over bird strikes against endangered eagles and other species. Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada’s statement was directed at Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko over an Environmental Impact Assessment of the project at the Eurus Soya Misaki Wind Farm in Cape Soya in the city of . . . Complete story »

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