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Temple University Japan seminar: Can Offshore Wind Solve Japan’s Energy Dilemma?

Join us for an informative seminar presented by The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at Temple University Japan"An Outlook on Japan’s Energy Security: Can Offshore Wind Solve Japan’s Energy Dilemma?". The event discusses Japan's complex challenge of balancing energy security and decarbonization amid global uncertainties such as climate change and geopolitical conflicts. Focusing on offshore wind as a potential solution, experts from Denmark, a leader in offshore wind technology, will share insights on the challenges and opportunities in achieving Japan's energy goals, providing a comprehensive discussion at Temple University, Japan Campus, on November 29th.

Speakers: Sune Strøm Minister Counsellor, Economic Diplomacy, Royal Danish Embassy in Japan Kanau Takahashi Energy Adviser, Royal Danish Embassy in Japan 29 November 2023 from 18:30-20:00 Temple University Japan Campus Room 403 & on Zoom

Event Overview: IEA defines energy security as “the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price”. Ensuring stable energy supply hence becomes a key to national security as energy supports the basis of essential economic and social activities. While securing energy resources has become increasingly difficult amid the current international situation, including climate change and the ongoing wars in Ukraine and Israel, Japan faces a wicked dilemma of achieving both energy security and decarbonization goals to feed its energy-hungry yet resource-scarce economy. Against the backdrop of Japan’s ambition to reduce reliance on fossil fuel and hesitations towards regenerating nuclear power which remains controversial in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima meltdown, many are shifting their attention towards renewable energy and in particular offshore wind, which seems to pave a promising way towards Japanese independence on foreign and carbon-intensive energy sources. To further elaborate on this critical matter, we have invited experts from Denmark – the country with the leading technology advances in the offshore wind industry since its early days in the 1990s – for a brief discussion on 29 November at Temple University, Japan Campus. The session will provide a status quo on Japan’s energy security, cassessment of the challenges and opportunities with offshore wind as well as sharing learnings from Denmark. About the speakers:

Sune Strøm is the Minister Counsellor in Economic Diplomacy at the Danish Embassy in Japan. He covers the energy sector and has worked towards providing Danish solutions to the Japanese authorities since 2020, when he was stationed to Japan. Sune has a solid background in the wind industry. Before becoming the Minister Counsellor at the embassy, Sune has worked as Chief Economist at the Danish Wind Industry Association and before joining the Royal Danish Embassy in Japan he was Senior Lead Regulatory Advisor for Offshore wind at Ørsted.

Kanau Takahashi has been working as Energy Adviser at the Danish Embassy in Japan since 2021. Before joining the embassy, Kanau has worked as consultant at Mori Energy Research Institute, PlanEnergi, and Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP). He has been granted the presentation award at the 3rd International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating in 2017.

Moderator Evelyn Farlov, Coordinator at Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS), Temple University, Japan Campus

Event Registration RSVP is not required but greatly appreciated. Please indicate your participation by filling out the below registration form

In person Registration: In-person Registration Zoom Registration: Zoom Registration Physical Access: Temple University, Japan Campus Room 403 (4F) 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 東京都世田谷区太子堂1-14-29 By train: Sangenjaya Station/三軒茶屋駅 Exit South A/南口A Maps/Directions: (English) (日本語)

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies Temple University, Japan Campus All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted. ICAS events reflect the opinions of the speakers and participants, and do not represent the views of Temple University, Temple University Japan Campus, or the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies.


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