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Japan's Government Eyes Fukushima as Hydrogen Production Center

  • Plan would use electricity generated from renewables
  • Private, public partnerships encouraged for clean energy

Japan plans to turn Fukushima, the prefecture that suffered a massive earthquake and tsunami five years ago, into a major site for the production of hydrogen using power generated from renewable sources by the time of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“We want to make Fukushima a major production site for hydrogen energy for nationwide supply and a pioneer in the hydrogen society,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after he visited the prefecture on March 5.