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6 May, 2021

[54th JAIF Annual Conference] Session 3: “The Energy Vision Japan Needs”

The panel discussion in Session III, the last of this year’s conference, considered the energy vision which Japan needs in the context of the zero-emissions age that lies before us. The panelists, some of whom were Japanese and others from abroad, mainly discussed Japan’s energy and environmental policies toward the age of carbon neutrality (net-zero), together with the role that nuclear power must play. The moderator of the discussion was President Shinichi Ichikawa of Strategic Associates Japan Co., Ltd. (SAJ).

Previously, Session I of this year’s conference examined the topic of “Global Challenges Toward a Decarbonized Society.” Next, Session II looked at the reconstruction of Fukushima, which is indispensable if policies on energy and nuclear energy are to be successfully carried forward. Building on the discussions in the first two sessions, Session III turned to what Japan should do now. Moderator Ichikawa asked, “What kind of energy vision should Japan have, and what should the Japanese nuclear industry do to fulfill it?” The panelists then discussed those questions by citing examples from other countries that are more advanced than Japan in terms of eliminating emissions. Ichikawa noted that Japanese thinking had not yet caught up to other countries as far as carbon neutrality was con...more
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