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Climate Change

Japan's hidden hydropower country taps water for carbon neutrality

Regional bank goes 'all hydro' to power its data center

The Arimine Dam in Toyama Prefecture: Toyama ranks second out of Japan's 47 prefectures in terms of hydropower potential, and number one in terms of developed hydropower. (Photo courtesy of  Hokuriku Electric Power Co.)

TOYAMA, Japan -- Japan's effort to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 has grassroots corporate support in a region where developers are unlocking potential for water and wind power.

Starting last month, the Toyama-based regional lender Hokuriku Bank has been using only electricity generated by local hydropower for its data center in central Toyama Prefecture, about 260 km northwest of Tokyo.

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