In an era when energy issues are becoming more and more intertwined with a nation’s technological capacity, energy security and energy resiliency are top concerns for both the United States and Japan. Cooperation on these issues represents another means by which to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance.
Both countries are undergoing profound change in the energy sector, driven in the United States by the unconventional gas and oil revolution and in Japan by the March 11, 2011 events that led to the shutdown of Japan’s nuclear industry. While U.S. and Japanese demand for energy is flat, global demand continues to increase, particularly in Asia, with ramifications for energy markets and climate change.
Both countries are global leaders in advanced science and state-of-the art technologies. Over the past 70 years, the United States and Japan have collaborated bilaterally and in multilateral efforts on a myriad of topics including energy and the physical sciences. Continued and expanded cooperation by government, academia, and the private sector can help move economies toward a greener, more sustainable, future.
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 the energy makeup of both counties, and areas for collaboration.
Sasakawa USA held a conference featuring key business, government, and other experts that focused on rare metals to examine the various risks companies face sourcing critical materials, look at data-driven projections on future sourcing for various technologies, and develop strategies to improve the resiliency of critical materials supply lines.
Sasakawa USA’s program on Smart Grids and Cybersecurity addresses issues including cybersecurity threats, modernizing electric grids to integrate conventional and renewable sources of electricity, expanding use of energy storage and distributed generation, and responding seamlessly to disruptions.
Author: Phyllis Genther Yoshida, PhD
In July 2018, the U.S.-Japan Agreement for Cooperation Between the Government of Japan and the Government of the United States on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy will extend automatically. Its extension means Japan can receive U.S.-origin special nuclear material, retain advance consent for reprocessing, and is bound by the non-proliferation criteria and practices set out in the agreement. Such agreements are known as “Section 123” Agreements.
Author: Sasakawa Peace Foundation
The concept of an Integral Fast Reactor (IFR), which integrates a sodium-cooled small metal-fueled fast reactor with pyroprocessing facilities, could be an option for future fast reactor cycles. The Sasakawa Peace Foundation in 2016 commissioned a paper and hosted meetings to explore this idea.
Author: Phyllis Genther Yoshida, PhD
The key to global oil security is transportation. This report highlights automakers’ and governments’ efforts to increase the use of clean energy in automobiles and the hurdles faced by manufacturers and policy makers in their quest to increase the number of electric and fuel cell automobiles.
Dr. Phyllis G. Yoshida, Sasakawa USA Fellow for Energy and Technology, delves into the world of LNG in the context of the U.S.-Japan relationship in a new Sasakawa USA report on the global energy trade. In the report, Dr. Yoshida argues for increased U.S.-Japan cooperation in making the LNG market more transparent.
Tight U.S.-Japan integration in nuclear energy means that when the Japanese industry sneezes, the U.S. industry catches a cold and vice versa. The continuing fallout from the events of March 11, 2011 and Toshiba Corporation’s financial woes signals a difficult time for the nuclear industry in both countries in 2017.
In Japan, buildings use close to 70 percent of the country’s electricity, as many structures leak air and moisture or use outdated equipment. More than one-third of the country’s greenhouse gases come from homes and offices. In an article for E&E News, Sasakawa USA 2016 Journalism Fellow writes about ways architects in Japan are working to improve energy efficiency.