This report aims to provide the European Commission, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and European businesses with a comprehensive analysis of clean energies in Japan. It will look at to what extent clean energies have influenced or are capable of influencing Japan’s economy, notably in its relationship with Europe.
In order to accurately explain the broad and complex matter of clean energy development in Japan, the report is divided into three parts. The first part will examine the electricity market structure, as a whole, including a description of the effects of the deregulation reform. This will provide the framework to understand clean energy development. The second part will focus on the Abe administration general energy policy, and specifically its clean energy policy with the aim of assessing what steps the government has taken. Finally, the third part of this report will analyse the clean energy market structure before 2011 and how it will evolve in the foreseeable future.