BayWa r.e., a leading global renewable energy company from Germany, successfully completed this year the construction of a solar park in Kagoshima Prefecture (Southwestern Japan). This renewable energy asset has been purchased by D&D Solar GK, a new joint venture created by Osaka Gas and the Development Bank of Japan. Over the last ten years, an increasing number of European companies have been sharing their expertise in renewable energy development, to the benefit of energy transition in…
METRON, a French startup founded to reduce energy costs and carbon footprint in industrial facilities, partnered in 2019 and 2020 with NTT DOCOMO Ventures and NTT Facilities, two companies of NTT Group, main telecommunication group in Japan. Together, they aim at using artificial intelligence and big data to improve energy efficiency in Japanese industries.
Vestas Wind Systems, a Danish leader in wind turbines manufacturing, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, one of the world’s largest industrial firms, joined forces in 2014 to establish MHI Vestas, a joint venture aiming at becoming a leading player in the offshore wind industry. MHI Vestas now hires more than 3000 people, has offshore turbines in operation in several European countries, and registered its first orders in Asia. Late 2020, the partnership evolved with new perspectives in wind energy…
In 2020, Kajima Corporation, one of Japan’s largest construction firms, selected Dutch manufacturer Sif to provide the monopile foundations for the Akita Noshiro offshore wind farms, the first commercial-scale offshore wind project in Japan. This is both the first contract in Japan for Sif, and the first major offshore wind construction project for Kajima. The wind farms, that will provide the energy equivalent to 130000 households, are set to begin operation in 2022.
Japan’s annual domestic production of olive oil is limited at about 45 tonnes (2020). Japan cannot meet the internal demand and imports more than 99% of the domestic consumption. In 2020, Japan imported about 70,000 tonnes. The EU supplies the majority of the imports; 96% of total imports in 2020. The main EU exporters are Spain and Italy that together have a market share of about 94%.
Topics covered on the January 2021 issue:Legislation and Policy News- Services launched for system for filing requests for subsidies called "jGrants 2.0"-Demonstration tests to be held for food waste reduction taking advantage of electronic tags (RFID)- "Echizen Gani" and "Iburigakko" are targets of Geographical Indication, first added in Japan-EU EPA
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Rie Arai
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Director of Trade & Agriculture, OECD
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26/10/2021 - 27/10/2021
Latest agenda updates available on the SPIPA website (CLICK) “Think global, act local”. In Japan and Europe, local stakeholders – clusters, cities, municipalities, regions, prefectures – are at…
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26-10-21 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM CETIs there a large premium food market in Japan and is it worth the effort for EU companies? Especially now after the pandemic? Yes, in so many ways...Japan has a…