Climate change: Is ‘blue hydrogen’ Japan’s answer to coal?

It’s a glorious autumn afternoon and I’m standing on a hillside looking out over Tokyo Bay. Beside me is Takao Saiki, a usually mild-mannered gentleman in his 70s. But today Saiki-San is angry. “It’s a total joke,” he says, in perfect English. “Just ridiculous!” The cause of his distress is a giant construction site blocking our view across the bay – a 1.3-gigawatt coal-fired power station in the making. “I don’t understand why we still have to burn coal to generate electricity,” says Saiki-San’s friend, Rikuro Suzuki. “This plant alone…

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Have a family vacation in mind? Try Japan’s Osaka and these other destinations

Japan’s Osaka is emerging as a major hotspot for family vacations this year. Looking to shake up your family holiday in 2017? Get inspiration from Airbnb’s new list of top trending family vacation destinations 2017, which has identified Osaka, Japan as an emerging hotspot this year. After looking at the destinations that experienced the biggest increases in guest arrivals at family-friendly listings by groups of more than three travellers, analysts at Airbnb compiled a top-10 list of hotspots for family vacations in 2017. And according to the results, it looks…

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