Nyheterna från Japan är en del av Tillväxtanalys löpande omvärldsbevakningsuppdrag.
The government approved at a cabinet meeting on February 13, its first basic policy plan on transportation to make the country’s tourism and industry more internationally competitive in anticipation of Tokyo’s hosting of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The plan sets forth targets for overall transportation polices from fiscal 2014 to 2020. “The plan is well-balanced because we took various matters into consideration,” said Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Akihiro Ota after the cabinet meeting. “We will do our best to ensure steady implementation.” The plan stresses the importance of strengthening the functions of Japan’s international airports and ports to survive intense competition with neighboring countries. It calls for increasing the number of international cities that Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports service on par with their Asian rivals. As of 2013, Haneda and Narita airports offered service to 88 cities, while South Korea’s Incheon and Gimpo airports combined had flights into 143 cities, followed by Hong Kong at 138 and Singapore’s Changi Airport at 134. The plan also discusses how to better deal with the country’s declining population. It calls for introducing community buses and shared taxis outside cities to secure transportation means for local people.
Källa: Mainichi 14 februari (Japansk upplaga, översättning i nyhetsbrev från USAs ambassad)
The Ministry of the Environment has estimated that up to 295.2 TWh of renewable energy including solar, wind and geothermal power could be produced in Japan in 2030, the Mainichi has learned. That equates to about 31 percent of Japan's total energy production in fiscal 2013, which stood at 939.7 TWh. In fiscal 2013, renewable energy accounted for just 2.2 percent of the total. The ministry outsourced calculation of the estimates to Mitsubishi Research Institute, and they were reported in a closed panel meeting in December last year. It does not plan to officially release the estimates until around June this year. Under the basic energy plan that the Cabinet passed in April last year, it was stated that the government would aim to exceed the goal it had held until then of raising the level of renewable energy production in 2030 to 20 percent. As early as April, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to finish compiling its own energy analysis. Its views on energy sources for 2030 and the amount of power that would come from nuclear power plants will be the focus of debate.
Nyheterna är sammanställda avm Shiori Schules, Toru Kodama, Douglas Sipp och Helena Tillborg vid Tillväxtanalys kontor i Tokyo.