Summary Japan and Energy
A large industrialized nation, Japan has turned research and a partnership between government authorities, companies and citizens into the main drivers of its growth. For decades, Japan has been studying and developing new forms of energy. The Fukushima nuclear accident further accentuated the country's need to better balance its energy mix and thereby reduce its dependency on imported fossil fuels and on nuclear energy, which worries the population. Today, Japan is accelerating its transformation, in the areas of both technology (renewable energies, hydrogen and energy storage) and social structure (decentralized energy management and smart communities).