Japan receives first U.S. shale gas shipment

Author: Dr. Phyllis Yoshida

Categories: Energy and Technology

On January 8, Jiji Press reported that “a tanker carrying 70,000 tons of shale-based LNG arrived at a thermal power plant in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, run by Chubu Electric Power Co. The gas was loaded in Louisiana on Dec. 7 and transported to Japan via the Panama.” This shipment is a major event in U.S.-Japan relations; it is the first U.S. shale gas to reach Japan.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Japanese Perspective

Author: Kayo Matsumoto

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 5

The “Abenomics Acceleration Diet” opened in September with passage of the TPP as one of their goals. Will TPP be ratified in this Diet session? It is difficult to predict, but the Abe administration has made TPP and passage of its implementing bills a high priority. The Diet debate will surely be heated, and among the contentious issues will not only be TPP’s impact on Japan and its agriculture industry but also the status of ratification in the United States.

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Australian TV show features Adm. Dennis Blair in “China Rising” episode

Author: Four Corners

Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

Sasakawa USA’s Adm. Dennis Blair is featured prominently in an episode of “Four Corners,” a 45-minute long news program on current affairs that airs on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The episode, entitled “China Rising,” focuses on Australia’s role in the South China Sea, where both the United States and China seek military dominance.

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Abe’s Indo-Pacific Security Diamond Begins to Shine

Author: Suzuki Yoshikatsu

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

Prime Minister Abe made concrete progress toward the realization of his long-cherished security diamond strategy in 2015, but the initiative still faces daunting obstacles. In the meantime, Japan and its partners in the region will have their hands full coping with China’s bid to overturn the traditional maritime order of the Indo-Pacific.

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