Agency for Natural Resources and EnergySummary of the Fourth Japan-US Clean Energy Policy Dialogue
On December 4, 2012, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held the fourth Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Policy Dialogue in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, to discuss the most promising path toward future Japan-U.S. cooperation on clean energy (co-chaired by Mr. Ryo Minami, Director, International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, and Dr. Phyllis Yoshida, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy and International Affairs, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)).
- The Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Policy Dialogue is based on the new Japan-U.S. initiatives announced by former Prime Minister Kan and U.S. President Obama on November 13, 2010 (*1), and the Joint Statement made by Mr. Ohata, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry at that time, and Dr. Chu, the United States Secretary of Energy, and released on November 18 of the same year (*2).
- The fourth policy dialogue was held in Aizuwakamatsu City in line with the Japan-U.S. Joint Initiative, released by Prime Minister Noda and President Obama on April 30, 2012. This initiative stated that the fourth policy dialogue would be held in Fukushima Prefecture.
- At the meeting, a discussion was held regarding the Action Plan encompassing renewable-energy cooperation in the Tohoku region etc. They also confirmed prior results of the Japan-U.S. clean energy cooperation and discussed future developments. In addition, during the discussions on the current situations of the two countries' energy policies, the Japan side provided a summary of the "Innovative Strategy for Energy and Environment" etc., and the U.S. side described the current progress concerning export permits for liquefied natural gas (LNG), etc.
(*1) Establishment of Japan-U.S. Initiatives
A fact sheet was released at the Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting between former Prime Minister Kan and President Obama on November 13, 2010.
(*2) Joint Statement on Technological Cooperation on Clean Energy by Mr. Ohata, former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Dr. Chu, the United States Secretary of Energy
A joint statement was announced on November 18, 2010, by Japan and the U.S. on the activities of two initiatives: the Energy-Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) and the Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Policy Dialogue.
Reference: Summary of the Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Policy Dialogues
- Summary of the First Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Policy Dialogue
(Washington D.C., the U.S., February 11, 2011)
- Summary of the Second Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Policy Dialogue
(Washington D.C., the U.S., July 29, 2011)
- Summary of the Third Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Policy Dialogue
(Tokyo, Japan, March 27, 2012)
December 4, 2012
Division in Charge
International Affairs Division, Director-General's Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy