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Monday, May 14, 2007

Japanese cars may literally become "rice burners"

"Rice Burner" is a term that has long been used to derisively describe certain Japanese vehicles, but if a state-funded experiment being conducted by the University of Tokyo is successful the country's fleet could indeed come to be powered by a form of automotive Sake.

Japan, which is the world's largest consumer of gasoline after the United States, imports all of its motor fuel. The increase in oil prices, coupled with the goal of meeting carbon emissions reduction targets specified by the Kyoto protocols, have spurred efforts to develop a domestically-produced biofuel. The experimental program seeks to make an ethanol fuel from rice hulls and other agricultural waste.
M. Zane Grey, 9:28 AM