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Thursday, June 22, 2017, 15:00 - 16:00

"The Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan"
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

Which way will Asia (and the rest of the world) go in sourcing energy - staying mainly with fossil fuels, taking the nuclear option, or developing alternative energy sources? Fossil fuels "clean" coal and "cheap" oil especially are enjoying a revival while countries disagree on nuclear power and have yet to fully exploit alternative energy sources.

For many in Japan, the idea of reverting to even partial reliance on nculear is anathema in the wake of the Fukushima nulcear disaster of 2011. Following Germany, South Korea has also rejected nuclear power. China, on the other hand, is actively pursuing development of a new range of small, cheap and "safe" nulcear reactors for export to the rest of the world.

The alternative energy lobby is fighting back. With nuclear power, there is always a risk that a large disaster on the scale of Fukushima will occur, nuclear opponents argue, while environmental lobbies point to the role of fossil fuels in climate change.

The FCCJ is organising a panel of three experts to debate these key issues.

Sachio Ehara is Director of the Institute for Geothermal Information and a Professor Emeritus of Kyushu University. He has served as Director of the International Geothermal Association president of the Geothermal Research Society of Japan and chairman of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)Study Group on Promotion of Geothermal Power Generation.

Tetsunari Iida is Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP). He is a leading authority on Renewable Energy and a "Social Innovator" who has introduced Ecological Initiatives as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), a Non-profit and Independent Research Institute. As a Committee Member for METI and MoE, he has proposed Nuclear-free energy policies, as well as Community-based RE Projects in Japan as Secretary-General of the Japan Community Power Association.

Mark Anderson is Japan Country Head of independent power producer Pattern Development, Japan, and also an executive of Green Power Investments KK, Tokyo.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.          

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Tetsunari Iida                       Sachio Ehara                    Mark Anderson

 

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