Kobe Steel’s Massive Coal-Fired Power Plant Project: Explained by Residents (in Japanese)

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (published July 2017) (in Japanese)

Media Coverage (in Japanese if not specified)


December 20, 2018 (MBS) Kobe Steel power plant under construction: Court case opens with residents calling for construction to halt

December 20, 2018 (Mainichi Shimbun) Lawsuit for power plant injunction: Defendant claims ‘high interest public’ in first oral argument

December 20, 2018 (Kobe Shimbun) In oral argument, outraged residents say coal power is going backwards

December 19, 2018 (NHK) Kobe Steel power plant lawsuit: Company says it will fully fight the case

December 19, 2018 (Sun TV) Kobe Steel coal-fired power plant: Case demands injunction to stop construction, company plans to fight

December 8, 2018 (Asahi Shimbun, ‘be report’) Fighting climate change through the courts: Lawsuit demands action by government and companies

November 21, 2018 (Nikkei Asian Review) Why Japan finds coal hard to quit (in English)

November 20, 2018 (Facta Online) The price Kobe Steel pays for ‘lying’

November 20, 2018 (Kobe Shimbun) CO2 emissions, government’s climate measures in question: Kobe Steel power plant administrative lawsuit

November 19, 2018 (MBS) Construction of Kobe Steel Power Plant: Residents sue the government

November 19, 2018 (Kobe Shimbun) Residents sue government to cancel expansion of Kobe Steel coal power plant

November 19, 2018 (Mainichi Shimbun) Kobe Steel power plant expansion: Administrative lawsuit calls for cancellation of environmental assessment approval

November 19, 2018 (ABC) (Hyogo) Lawsuit against government calls for cancellation of approval for Kobe Steel power plant

November 19, 2018 (NHK) Suing the government about new Kobe Steel power plant

Nov. 7, 2018 (Mainichi Shimbun) Mediation terminated in Kobe Steel coal-fired power plant pollution case

November 7, 2018 (Kobe Shimbun) Kobe Steel coal-fired power plant: Pollution mediation terminated

November 4, 2018 (Kobe Shimbun) “Select and concentrate” to move ahead a year after Kobe Steel furnace shutdown

October 13, 2018 (Sankei Shimbun) Accelerating the coal exit: Increasing litigation risk

October 7, 2018 (Kobe Shimbun) Corporate citizenship a year after Kobe Steel data falsification: Subcontractors hope regional leader will be restored

October 2, 2018 (Kobe Shimbun) Kobe Steel starts construction of coal-fired power plant in Kobe: Residents to rapidly mount opposition

October 1, 2018 (Kobe Shimbun) Kobe Steel announces start of power plant construction

October 1, 2018 (Sankei Shimbun) Kobe Steel starts work on coal-fired power plant

September 22, 2018 (Nikkei Shimbun) Climate change litigation saying “CO2emissions threaten life” poses new risks for companies in Japan and abroad

September 15, 2018 (Mainichi Shimbun) Residents launch lawsuit for injunction to stop coal plant construction

September 15, 2018 (Kobe Shimbun) Plaintiff group sues for injunction to stop Kobe Steel coal-fired power plant in “litigation for the next generation”

September 15, 2018 (MBS) Residents launch lawsuit against Kobe Steel’s coal-fired power plant project

September 15, 2018 (Kansai Television) Residents sue for injunction to stop power plant under construction by Kobe Steel (Kobe City)

September 14, 2018 (Kobe Shimbun) Kobe Steel’s coal-fired power generation: Local residents sue to stop project

September 14, 2018 (Sankei Shimbun) Demanding to stop coal-fired power plant: Local residents launch lawsuit against Kobe Steel project

September 14, 2018 (NHK) Lawsuit for injunction to stop Kobe Steel power plant

September 14, 2018 (ABC) Kobe Steel coal-fired power plant: Lawsuit to stop expansion


Message from Hideko Kondo (plaintiff)

Message from Mie Asaoka (lawyer on legal team)

Message from Naoki Ikeda (lawyer on legal team)