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2012/02/15 05:06 – Toshiba, Others Bringing Small Generators To Market

Three cheers for the entrepreneurs (and for supply and demand in a free market)! But how do they do it without government support? (Jus’ kidding 🙂

Sinfonia Technology Co. (6507) plans to release this spring a small energy generation system that combines solar, wind and water power, in addition to having lead batteries capable of storing about 10kwh. With a price tag estimated at 40 million yen, the product will be marketed as an emergency power supply for domestic and overseas regions that are not connected to power grids, such as isolated islands.

Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (8036) has developed a small machine that uses solar power to operate a water purification system and diverts excess energy to storage batteries. It has already begun selling the product, mainly in Indonesia.

The electricity shortage in Japan caused by the March disaster has boosted demand for in-house power generators. Demand is projected to grow further with the July launch of a program requiring utilities to purchase at fixed prices all electricity generated by renewable energy projects.

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Japan, the earthquake and the media | openDemocracy

Asahi Shimbun journalist justifies his (and Japan’s) paper’s coverage of the 3-11 disasters.

When traces of radioactive caesium were detected at Tokyo’s water-treatment plants, all the expert opinion told us that it was still at levels that would not pose any danger to the public.

Now, if we had wanted to sell as many copies of our newspaper as possible, all we needed to do was publish a headline: “Tokyo’s water found to be radioactive!” You can guess what would happen if we did that – total panic. Instead, we chose to report the story, but with a less sensational headline.

Were we right to do so?

One of the difficulties we faced as a newspaper was answering the accusation that we were hiding vital information. The internet was filled with rumours, gossip, misinformation and unfortunately at times downright lies. People would read this and then ask why we, Asahi Shimbun, were not publishing it. That easily translated into the charge that we were working on behalf of the authorities and holding back the truth.

I suppose this demonstrates how important it is to encourage all consumers of news to discern carefully their information sources.

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