The government's decision to speed up its controversial energy and development programmes is deeply disappointing. It has decided to press ahead with them without consulting the communities involved. It also is determined to bypass many environmental checks. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is employing the draconian Section 44 of the temporary constitution, a doomed provision that will soon expire.
Japan will depend on new coal technology that’s more than twice the cost of traditional plants to meet its targets on reducing global warming pollution.
In a plan formally adopted earlier this month, Japan said it expects coal to generate about a quarter of the nation’s electricity by 2030.