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Japan's Richest Man Outlines Renewable Energy Plan 224

itwbennett writes "Speaking at the launch of his Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of Softbank, outlined a plan to rebuild Japan's energy infrastructure. Son said the country could shift to renewable energy sources for 60 percent of its electricity requirements over the next two decades. He called for a 2 trillion yen (US$26 billion) 'super grid' across the country, and underwater off the coast, that would zip electricity around cheaply and efficiently to meet demand."
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Japan's Richest Man Outlines Renewable Energy Plan

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  • The punchline (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Scareduck ( 177470 ) on Monday September 12, 2011 @05:16PM (#37381002) Homepage Journal

    At bottom, this is a demand for public subsidy. The fact that he does not plan to make money with his initiative is a huge tell, and why this won't succeed. Energy production has been responsible for some of the world's biggest fortunes, yet here Son is saying he's not interested in making money? I smell a rat.

  • by MobyDisk ( 75490 ) on Monday September 12, 2011 @05:25PM (#37381070) Homepage

    Currently Gen IV plants are in the research stage. Since they take 20+ years to build, I don't think Japan can afford to risk building a theoretical device to meet today's demand. Since Japan is an island, offshore wind power is probably ideal.

  • Really? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Idou ( 572394 ) on Monday September 12, 2011 @05:36PM (#37381150) Journal
    Let me get this straight. The most successful Japanese business man is going balls to the wall for renewable energy after his country has just experienced what still could become the worst nuclear accident ever. You:

    - Probably have significantly less money that can be invested in ANY project (not that you would bother investing in Japan if you did).
    - Probably do not even HAVE any assets in Japan at risk.
    - Did not even take the time to look up what Japans real alternative energy profile looks like.

    You know, I am assuming you are a fellow American because that seems to be what Americans do all the time, tell the rest of the world what is best for them without even bothering to learn anything about their situation (Hell, it is how Japan first got into the nuke business, to begin with). However, do you think the nuke industry really needs posts like yours? It is really sad to see little people like yourself cheer on the giants who wouldn't lose any sleep if they smeared your little life all over the pavement. Even more pathetic from the eyes of those who have been direct victims of such industry giants.
  • by bussdriver ( 620565 ) on Monday September 12, 2011 @05:44PM (#37381202)

    Hey, now while I'm no fan of either stimulus plan I object to the "wealth redistribution" class warfare rhetoric. We can't discuss class unless it is to defend the wealthy!

    To be more serious, the wealthy have been waging a PR driven class war against everybody else for decades; both of Obama's plans give in heavily to the ruling class and still had/have a big uphill battle for the tiny portion that is ok. This current one will not pass for multiple reasons; one of the big ones being that tax loopholes the wealthy use to CHEAT are being closed to help fund tax cuts for the rest who've been picking up the bill for the wealthy --- the wealth HAS been redistributed upwards at increasing amounts for decades; their pay goes up while the rest are lucky to keep up with inflation (and most do not; including myself... I've never had a job that kept up with inflation.)

    Tax derivatives less than 1% and you pretty much fix our budget issues. "Business" which does not benefit the real economy should be taxed like the gambling it is. Instead, we continue to let them expand their addiction to our retirement funds and soon our social security funds.

    Rob a bank and its a despicable crime; rob nations and its just a statistic.
    With enough money anybody can buy all the praise they desire.

  • by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Monday September 12, 2011 @05:56PM (#37381322)

    Honestly what is wrong with a little wealth redistribution?
    I realize it is not popular on slashdot, but if that is what our economy needs so be it. When the rich have all the money they don't spend it. If we give that to the poor, they will spend it right away.

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