The geopolitical risks of Japan’s dependence on importing energy

A tanker with 67,000 tons of liquefied natural gas keeps the lights on in Japan (photo:dpa)
A tanker with 67,000 tons of liquefied natural gas keeps the lights on in Japan (photo:dpa)

Nuclear-free Japan depends entirely on imported fossil fuels for its energy supplies. This makes it hugely vulnerable to outside risks which could threaten its three-week back-up of energy stores. The reliance on importing energy is influencing Japan’s geopolitical outlook and the pressure it places on its allies.

<i>Japan is again nuclear-free, and the future of atomic energy remains highly uncertain. Corporations and households have adapted to the new situation by investing in - highly subsidised - renewable energy sources, in particular solar and wind, turning change-resistant Japan into a globally leading laboratory for decentralised energy generation. However, the country ...

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