Prof. Jun Arima
Professor of Energy & Environmental Policy,
Graduate School of Public Policy

Tokyo University

Mr. Shoichi Itoh
Manager and Senior Analyst,
Global Energy Group II, 
Strategy and Industry Research Unit

Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Ms. Jane Nakano
Senior Fellow,
Energy and National Security Program

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Moderated by:
Dr. Miyeon Oh
Director and Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Asia Security Initiative and Global Energy Center for a discussion on how shifting geopolitics are shaping Japan’s quest for energy security and its strategic implications for the US-Japan alliance moving forward.

Japan’s newest strategic energy plan promises to address long-running domestic structural issues in the context of broader shifts in global trends. If successful, the new strategy will deliver significant improvements in efficiency, emissions, cost, and self-sufficiency by 2030, and again by 2050. However, during a period of rapid change in the Indo-Pacific, how will geopolitical currents shape Japan’s goals, methods, and ultimate outcomes? How will developments in global energy markets and shifting regional security calculations shape Japan’s future? How is Japan going to diversify its portfolio, both in terms of suppliers and sources, to meet its enhanced demands for energy security? Given that Japan still relies heavily on the Middle East, what role can US-Japan cooperation play? Ultimately, how do these all of these questions fit into the broader strategic picture taking shape in the region?