Gallery: Japan Will Generate Electricity by Turning Unused Rice Paddies...


Softbank Corporation President Masayoshi Son is rolling out a plan to turn Japan’s 1.3 million acres of unused rice paddies into solar farms. Energy issues in Japan have been under heightened scrutiny since the March 11th earthquake, tidal wave and resulting Fukushima nuclear disaster, and particular attention has been paid to Japan’s slow adoption of renewable energy technology. Son has decided to tackle this problem head on and has done the math – turning just 20% of Japan’s unused rice paddies into solar farms would replace all 50 million kilowatts of energy generated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

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  1. msyin August 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I was surprised that according to this article, Japan has been slow in adopting green technologies since they are know for innovation as a country.

    Clearly, the laws on their books now will have to be changed in order to move forward. In the wake of what has happened one would think every possible step to a rebuilt, stronger and safer world would be made.

    I hope to hear about the progress of this move forward in the near future.

  2. neko231 August 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    eeeh, that picture with the bicycle and the dark climate dosent look like japan to me, but southern china.. eeh? that geology is not usual in japan..

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