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Solar Impulse grounded by wing damage in Japan

Source: 
NBC News

The unscheduled stop in Japan for Solar Impulse – the solar plane attempting to fly around the world --  has been extended because it suffered some wing damage due to high winds on the ground in Nagoya, NBC News reports.

Solar Impulse to resume journey after Japan stop

Source: 
AFP

An unscheduled stop in Japan won’t keep the sun-powered plane Solar Impulse grounded indefinitely, pilot Andre Borshchberg tweeted early Tuesday, signaling his intention to continue the plane's round-the-world journey, AFP reports.

Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to land in Japan

Source: 
BBC

Solar Impulse 2, the solar plane attempting to fly around the world, has made an unscheduled stop in Nagoya, Japan because of a cold front developing over the Pacific Ocean, the BBC reports.

Japan nuclear plant obtains final permit needed to restart

TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority approved operational safety plans for the Sendai nuclear power station's two reactors, owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co., the last step of the authority's three-part screening process the utility needed to pass. The plant's safety program includes emergency response plans in case of fire, flooding or other natural disasters, or a serious accident.

UN climate fund passes financing threshold with Japan deal

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The U.N.'s fund for climate aid to developing countries says it now has enough cash to kick off projects before a key climate summit in Paris.

Green Climate Fund officials said a Japanese commitment Thursday of $1.5 billion pushed the fund's resources beyond the threshold at which they can start financing projects in developing countries.

GE Capital unit in Japan to go for $5B

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

General Electric’s moves to slim down are extending to Japan, where the company is looking to sell its finance unit for $5 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Cook Inlet LNG plant to be built by Japanese

Source: 
Platts

Resources Energy Inc. is moving to final engineering plans for an LNG plant in Cook Inlet, Alaska that can process up to 1.5 million metric tons per year for export to Japan, Platts reports.

Japan proposes cutting emissions by a quarter by 2030

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is proposing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 26 percent by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change.

The final draft of the government target, released Thursday, said Japan will aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 26 percent by 2030 from 2013 levels, or 25.4 percent from 2005 levels.

Japan PM offers condolences for WWII dead, pushed trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "history is harsh," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan offered solemn condolences Wednesday for the Americans who died in World War II as he became the first Japanese leader to address a joint meeting of Congress.

He also sought support for a 12-nation trans-Pacific trade pact that has divided Congress and provoked opposition in Japan, telling lawmakers it should be completed "for the sake of our children and our children's children."

Japan PM to make historic address to Congress, talk trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek support for a trans-Pacific trade pact that has divided U.S. lawmakers as he makes the first address by a Japanese leader to a joint meeting of Congress.

Abe will be promoting his staunch support of an even-tighter relationship between former wartime adversaries in both trade and defense as the allies contend with a rising China, and can expect a warm reception Wednesday morning.

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