Son launches Japan renewables push with Asia 'supergrid' call

Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son

The boss of Japanese telecoms giant Softbank called for development of a pan-Asian “supergrid” as he pledged to invest up to ¥20bn ($257m) in his nation’s renewable energy sector.

Launching the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF), Masayoshi Son, Softbank’s founder and chief executive, claimed the country could shift 60% of its power production to renewables over the next two decades with the help of a ¥2 trillion national onshore and offshore transmission network.

The 2,000km of Japanese interconnections could be expanded across the entire Asian region, forming a vast network of some 36,000km and linking Japan with countries including India, China, and Russia, says Son.

"By connecting Asian countries in this way, we could possibly create a more peaceful Asia overall.”

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