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Japan to tackle red tape to boost renewable energy

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By Yuka Obayashi

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oops.... more Chiba countryside rubberized, woodland cleared, and hilltops sliced off, to incorporate the oh-so-attractive solar farmlets....

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""The measures include easing rules for environmental assessment for wind power projects of up to 50 megawatts and for installing solar panels on uncultivated farmland.""

The problem with this is that in several mountains where I live Forest TREES were SAVEGLY CUT by Money Thirsty Solar Panel Energy INVESTORS who only care about making money , with little or NO regard to the forests. Deforestation is what it's called and it defeats the whole idea of Renewable- Energy.

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Its same issue that plagues Fukushima and TEPCO. Would need stronger governance and clean up the corruption before making any real change. When monkeys fly out of my butt.....

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One evil for another

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People need to look into more about renewables ...it may surprise how bad they can be in the long run

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Extremely good, even if also very late. Hopefully other areas where irrational and unnecessary red tape will also follow, like drugs and vaccine approvals.

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jiji XxToday 06:36 am JST

oops.... more Chiba countryside rubberized, woodland cleared, and hilltops sliced off, to incorporate the oh-so-attractive solar farmlets....

Right. So many woodlands and hills cleared for solar.

Priority should be to put the solar panels on houses, making it mandatory, and use all non-used farmlands, etc.

This guy is right

"There are still many places where solar power panels can be installed, like on roofs of homes, companies and factories, and reservoirs, dams and abandoned farmland," he said.

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Hahaha... right! And how many committees, boards, meetings, and official ceremonies are the going to create in order to form the appropriate offices to make the documents to fax to the necessary government houses in order to assign resigned lawmakers to give permission to allow communities to formally submit requests to make the groups that will allow there to be less red tape... then hold a press conference to announce there will be a press conference on a thought about a decision?

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In Tokushima, solar panels can only be installed on residential land. So some rice fields have already been converted into residential land for that purpose. I guess aging farmers who arent able to find someone to take over, have no other choice but to do that (if they can afford it).

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