Over the past few weeks and months, closer cooperation between Japan and the United States on energy and climate issues has been in the spotlight. This has been occurring amid wider developments, be it U.S.-Japan collaboration on responses to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral held on the sidelines of the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit or the tragic death of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, as noted on BGA’s Asia Street blog, was a pillar of the alliance, a friend to BGA and a partner on some past initiatives with the BGA Japan team led by Managing Director Kiyoaki Aburaki.
Some of this cooperation was in the news recently in an article by Sankei News. Of particular note in the article, originally written in Japanese, was the reference to U.S.-Japan low-carbon cooperation, which the BGA Japan team has been actively engaging on in proposing and developing ideas both within Japan and for the alliance. This includes not just traditional ideas for energy and climate collaboration, but also more specific areas for engagement such as ethanol and hydrogen.
BGA Japan’s role in the developing ideas in the low carbon space is part of the team’s granular work across several sectors, some of which have been previously publicized including thought leadership on semiconductors which you can read here. This is in addition to the team’s continuing work on major political, economic and geopolitical developments to inform clients, to include the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (“Quad”) and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) which U.S. President Joe Biden had launched in Tokyo back in May.
Questions on BGA Japan’s work can be addressed to BGA Managing Director Kiyoaki Aburaki.