Japan’s Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, recently surprised the world at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Summit, when he announced his nation’s aggressive goal to “decrease heat-trapping gases by25 percentby 2020.”
Although specific policies have not
been made public yet, the new focus
on green has already begun. In April
2009 Japan revised its Rationalization
in Energy Use Law, which expanded
the energy management responsibility from the business location level to
the business owners’ level, and instituted a penalty for the first time, making green regulations much tougher.
With this emphasis on sustainability growing rapidly, Japanese companies must develop new methods for
energy and emissions reduction in
buildings. Fortunately, a number of
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