Japan

The Curious Case of SMBC Group – Financing Climate Change Offenders

While SMBC Group has taken some positive steps in terms of its green commitments, it falls way behind global and even local competitors. Unless the financial institution makes a dramatic U-turn, it will bear the consequences of excessive stranded asset and reputational risks.

Potential of Renewable Energy in Japan

Japan's road towards renewable energy dominance in the country's mix won't be smooth, it is feasible and will unlock several energy investment opportunities.

Are Large Japanese Companies Living Up to their Climate Commitments in 2022?

The climate and sustainability-related pledges of Japanese companies are a reflection of the government's commitment. While on paper everything sounds ambitious, the reality is there is much work left to be done on both micro and industry levels.

The Energy Mix Review in Japan – A Glimpse of the Future

The energy mix review in Japan will show the world how determined the country is to fulfil its 2050 net-zero goal and ensure a green future.

Japan’s EV Sales Boom: The Hunger for Electric Cars

Historically one of the world's leading auto manufacturers, Japan is lagging behind China and the West with EV's. The country must expand its work in the EV market, even if it comes at the expense of its hydrogen projects.

Accelerating Japan’s Energy Transition: A Possible and Much-Needed Mission

Nothing is stopping Japan from becoming a climate leader except for its own actions. If it abandons fossil fuels and embraces renewables, it could build a resilient, sustainable and self-sufficient energy system.

Japan’s Coal Obsession

Japan is one of the largest fossil fuel advocates. Its unwillingness to abandon fossil fuels is costly for all of Asia and the globe.

The Japan Net-Zero Commitments: Ambitious and Honest or Unrealistic and Hypocritical

Japan should be at the forefront of the clean energy transition. While the country has made multiple pledges, its actions and meaningful results are still lacking.

Debunking Net-Zero in Asia: Is It Even Possible?

Net-zero by 2050 in Asia is the desirable scenario, but, judging by the current progress,...

The West Divests While Japan Continues Financing Russian Fossil Fuels

The Russia-Ukraine war is the latest example of Japan's dependence on fossil fuels. This time, however, not sanctioning oil and gas imports will bring on greater reputational risk for Japan and its corporate sector.

The Risks From JICA’s Involvement in the Matarbari Power Plant Project of Bangladesh

Should JICA decide to move ahead with the Matarbari Power Plant Project, it will expose itself and Japan to massive reputational and financial risks.

Canon Backed Think Tank CIGS Spreads Climate Change Denial

Canon cameras, used by climate change, conservation and wildlife communicators is now linked to a climate denial think tank - CIGS.

The Japan Transition Bonds Programme and the Transition Washing Concerns

In the era of ESG-conscious investors, green and transition washing moves are quickly found out. The case of JERA and Tokyo Gas transition bonds programs risk eroding the trust of the financial industry in Japan and its clean energy transition commitments.

What Is Behind the Japan Ammonia Greenwash Accusations?

The Japan ammonia greenwash accusations are the latest testament of the country's hesitance to actively pursue a renewable-led future. After hydrogen, it now looks towards another fuel that experts consider more of a distraction, rather than a solution.

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