Energy security is a concern for both the United States and Japan, and cooperation on this issue represents another means by which to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance. In 2016, Sasakawa USA launched a program exploring opportunities for collaboration in energy production and distribution.
Both countries are undergoing profound change in the energy sector, driven in the U.S. by the shale gas revolution and in Japan by the March 11, 2011 events that led to the shutdown of Japan’s nuclear industry. Demand for energy has increased throughout the world, which, in turn, has given rise to a host of associated problems, including increased CO2 emissions, competition for finite energy sources, and climate change.
Japan and the U.S. share a special responsibility in this regard given their advanced technologies and high proficiency in science that together can help move economies toward a greener, more sustainable, future. In March 2016, Sasakawa USA hosted its first event in this program on renewable energy options. Future plans are in the works to explore the development of an LNG hub in Asia and smart grids.
Lessons from the U.S., Japan, and the Future of Renewable Energy Workshop
Sasakawa USA and the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
May 12, 2016
March 21, 2016
Sasakawa USA, in partnership with the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, hosted The U.S., Japan, and the Future of Renewable Energy: A bilaterally-focused workshop designed to understand the various means currently employed for generating, storing and distributing renewable energy, to include potential opportunities for cooperation as well as obstacles.
Photos by Agusto Murrillo, DKI APCSS