Arcade game players in Akihabara, Tokyo's 'Electric Town', which uses lots of electric power (photo: dpa)

Japan’s massive alternative energy projects could lead to an Asian supergrid

Japan’s dash for alternative energy puts it in direct competition with China. Its research and development skills put it in a strong position; Japanese companies are producing ever more efficient solar cells. Large-scale solar plants are being built across the nation and some business leaders believe a supergrid – an international electricity network – could one day cover the whole of Asia.

JAPAN’S energy industry faces a completely new situation as a result of new feed-in tariffs for electricity from alternative sources.

Tokyo is pushing the swift and comprehensiv...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
Another major player is Masayoshi Son, founder of telecommunications and internet giant SoftBank and the richest man in Japan according to the Forbes list
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