MAY ISSUE #19

Past and Future of the energy sector

Prof. Nobuo Tanaka is one of the world’s foremost energy experts. He was the former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency and Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics Japan. He is a distinguished fellow of the IEEJ and visiting professor of the University of Tokyo, and the chairman of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

JAPAN and the WORLD interviewed with Prof. Nobuo Tanaka to get an insight of the energy sector globally and domestically.


COVER STORY | Energy

SPORTS DIPLOMACY


Sports without borders

JAPAN and the WORLD sat down with Dr. Takeo Hirata, Secretary-General of the Headquarters for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Cabinet Secretariat. Acting as the Government Representative, the Secretariat oversees the preparation of the Games and works with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Organizing Committee to ensure the success of the Games.

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SPECIAL - ENERGY


Introduction—Energy of the Future

Energy is necessary for daily survival. Future development crucially depends on its long-term availability in increasing quantities from sources that are dependable and safe. At present, no single source or mix of sources meets this requirement.

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Past and Future of the energy sector

Prof. Nobuo Tanaka is one of the world’s foremost energy experts. He was the former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency and Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics Japan. He is a distinguished fellow of the IEEJ and visiting professor of the University of Tokyo, and the chairman of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

JAPAN and the WORLD interviewed with Prof. Nobuo Tanaka to get an insight of the energy sector globally and domestically.

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PROINSO Japan— The Future of Solar Energy in Japan

Solar energy is no new market in Japan and has been expanding since the late 1990s and is the second world largest market for solar PV growth in 2013 and 2014.

Despite an acute lack of land available to grow this market, the solar energy market still is a promising one. JAPAN and the WORLD interviewed Mr. Makoto IJUIN, Managing Director of PROINSO Japan, to discuss solar energy from a global perspective and what the future holds for solar energy in Japan.

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Japan to support TEPCO and Fukushima Reconstruction on a long-term

In Japan, advanced electric power generation and transmission technologies developed by electric power companies and manufacturers, have allowed us to build the technical capacity to facilitate stable provision of electricity to a world-leading standard. Specifically, we built the third greatest number of nuclear power plants in the world after the United States and France, and these plants have supported the industrial development of Japan, a country with few natural resources.

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Renewable wind energy projects in Japan

In Japan’s electricity sector, wind power generates a small but increasing proportion of the country’s electricity, as the installed capacity has been growing in recent years. The government has drafted a plan to boost wind power to 1.7% of the nation’s energy mix by 2030.

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AROUND THE WORLD


Carnival Around the World

Carnival is the biggest most anticipated seasonal merrymaking millions around the world celebrate, as an expression of joy, sarcasm, displeasure, and humor.

Each carnival is unique in itself with some being celebrated for hundreds of years while some have a more modern twist to it.

Here are some carnivals that just might be on your list of must-see.

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INTERNATIONAL JAPAN


The Ethiopia-Japan Bond

JAPAN and the WORLD met and interviewed Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Gebeyehu took office in November of 2016, before which he was Minister of Transport and Commissioner General of the Minister of the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission and Federal Commissioner. He is also an executive member of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) and the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). He talks of Ethiopia today and the influence Japan has had so far in moving the country forward.

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VISITS


Quebec wants to share its women’s advancement policies with Japan

Interview with Ms. Lise Thériault, Deputy Premier of Québec and Minister Responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Status of Women in Quebec. She led an official mission to Kyoto and Tokyo from March 6th to March 9th 2017. The Quebec Government Office in Tokyo has been established in Japan since 1973.

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FEATURE - HAKONE


Introduction—A blissful escape from Tokyo

Hakone is one of the best international holiday resorts. Home of renowned spas and a large historical zone. A historic hotel, exotic streets, unique hot springs and open-air museums are all accessible via the Hakone Tozan Railway.

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Hakone Town—A must-visit international tourist spot

JAPAN and the WORLD spoke with the mayor of Hakone, a town in Kanagawa prefecture, Mr. Nobuo Yamaguchi to further reveal what makes this town an attractive international tourism site.

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Choukoku no Mori—Where Art meets Nature

The Choukoku No Mori museum in Hakone could most possibly be the perfect artsy escape from Tokyo. This unique museum, the size of two Tokyo Domes combined, is a beautiful place to relax all the while enjoying more than 120 artworks from various well known and lesser-known artists.

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Le Petit Prince—Embrace your childlike creativity

Located in the heart of Sengokuhara, Hakone machi, The Little Prince Museum, devoted to The Little Prince and its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is a place of delight for both young and old folk alike.

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ONE HOUR WITH


One Hour with Dr. Pung Chhiv Kek

Aga Charytoniuk sat down with Dr. Kek at her LICADHO office in Phnom Penh in Cambodia to reflect on human rights issues of 21 century.

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FEATURE - THAILAND


Introduction—Moving fast-forward towards advanced industry

Thailand is putting into place an economic model that aims at unlocking the country from several economic challenges resulting from past economic development models that placed emphasis on agriculture, light industry and advanced industry.

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Thailand—Japan, exceptionally close bonds

JAPAN and the WORLD met the Ambassador of Thailand to Japan, H.E. Mr. Bansarn Bunnag, to find out more about the economic, cultural and diplomatic relations with Japan.

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Thailand 4.0—The challenge to develop a value-based economy

On February 15th, 2017, the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) organized a mega-seminar attracting more than 2,500 investors from both local and international, and 200 multinational media correspondents. Thailand’s Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-ocha laid out the new national development strategy for the next 20 years.

Exclusive interview with BOI’s Secretary General, Mrs. Hirunya Suchinai.

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Thailand—Trade in a glance

JAPAN and the WORLD sat down with Ms. Natiya Suchinda, Minister at the Office of Commercial Affairs in the Royal Thai Embassy to get an insight about trade and trading partners.

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PROTOCOL


Malawi and Japan—A Destiny for Investment


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Pakistan and Japan—To Japan with Love


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THE WORLD


Ghana—60 years of Independence and what lies ahead

Dubbed the “Gold Coast” by the British and once renowned for its trade in salt and gold across the Sahara desert, Ghana has risen as a proud, stable and secure, peaceful and resilient African country and led the way for other African countries to gain independence from colonial rule. It has also been acclaimed worldwide as a “beacon of democracy and freedom in Africa.”

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REGIONAL JAPAN


Kanagawa Prefecture—World-Leading Kanagawa Model

What makes Kanagawa, a Japanese prefecture neighboring the capital of Tokyo, an attractive destination? And what public policy initiatives is Kanagawa implementing to make it even more attractive? We sat down with Yuji Kuroiwa, governor of the prefecture of Kanagawa, to learn more.

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DESTINATION


Taiwan’s rapid economic development—The miracle in East Asia

H.E. Mr. Frank C.T. Hsieh, Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, gives us an insight on how Taiwan has been successfully achieving its prospective growth in the East Asian region.

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WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT


Cultivation of gender equality in Japan

Ms. Mizuho Onuma is one of the few women in the Japanese government. We sat down with her to discuss issues related to work-life balance, a current status of gender equability in Japan and what needs to be done to improve the conditions of Japanese working women.

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GASTRODIPLOMACY


Two Rooms Grill | Bar—“A Home Away from Home”

Business in Japan is challenging, let alone for foreigners. Serving simple yet high-quality food that keeps people coming for more and to top it off, creating an atmosphere welcoming enough to consider it your home, is even harder.

JAPAN and the WORLD sat down with Matthew Crabbe, Nathan Smith and Edward Baffoe, founders and owners of TWO ROOMS, a high-end rooftop restaurant/bar in Omotesando to talk about their journey, inspiration and vision for the future.

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