Energy and Technology

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.

Programs

Energy security and U.S.-Japan cooperation

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.

Securing Critical Resources in a New Green and Industrial Era

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.

Smart Grids and Cybersecurity

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.

Publications

Cooperation Among Innovative Societies Promotes Competitiveness

Author: Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida, Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA

Categories: Energy and Technology

In this Commentary, Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida argues that global competition in trade and investment will increasingly be replaced by competition in innovation. As the world’s first and third largest economies and funders of research, the United States and Japan must fully tap and utilize the knowledge that comes from coordinating and cooperating more strategically bilaterally and multilaterally on the components of innovation. Doing so will help protect the economic and national security positions of not only the United States and Japan, but also our like-minded partners.

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Japan Should Take a Leadership Role to Address Climate Change: Ambitions for G-20 Action

Author: Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida, Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA

Categories: Energy and Technology

Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida is the Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology at Sasakawa USA. In this Commentary, she advocates for Japan to take on a greater global leadership role in fighting climate change. In particular, she sees a role for Japan by demonstrating decoupling domestically and internationally, which to a large extent, means decarbonizing the energy and transportation sectors while providing expanded economic opportunities and energy access. 

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Japan’s Changing Electricity Market: Recommendations for Policy Makers

Author: Tarak Shah, Energy Policy Consultant

Energy policy consultant Tarak Shah participated in the Sasakawa USA 2017-2018 In-Depth Alumni Research Trip to Japan. In this paper, Shah highlights current trends in the Japanese electricity market, notes areas of strength, and outlines specific changes that Japanese policy makers could implement for a safer, cleaner energy future. 

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Blog

Cooperation Among Innovative Societies Promotes Competitiveness

In this Commentary, Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida argues that global competition in trade and investment will increasingly be replaced by competition in innovation. As the world’s first and third largest economies and funders of research, the United States and Japan must fully tap and utilize the knowledge that comes from coordinating and cooperating more strategically bilaterally and multilaterally on the components of innovation. Doing so will help protect the economic and national security positions of not only the United States and Japan, but also our like-minded partners.

Japan Should Take a Leadership Role to Address Climate Change: Ambitions for G-20 Action

Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida is the Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology at Sasakawa USA. In this Commentary, she advocates for Japan to take on a greater global leadership role in fighting climate change. In particular, she sees a role for Japan by demonstrating decoupling domestically and internationally, which to a large extent, means decarbonizing the energy and transportation sectors while providing expanded economic opportunities and energy access. 

Japan’s new Basic Energy Plan

Japan’s Cabinet approved a revised Basic Energy Plan on July 3 that set goals for Japan’s energy mix to 2030. The plan moves Japan in the right direction, but is not as innovative as some had hoped.


Experts

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Adm. Dennis C. Blair
Chairman and Distinguished Senior Fellow (Non-Resident)


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Phyllis Genther Yoshida
Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology