Video Message from Mr. Yoshinori Suematsu, Senior Vice Minister for Reconstruction, followed by a presentation "From Recovery, to Revitalization" by Mr. Daiki Nakajima of JETRO New York during the Japan Business Forum on July 17, 2012. For more post-event information, visit www.jetro.org/jbf2012. view video >
Get information on the nuclear power plants, electricity supply, water supply and food, and fisheries products affected by the March 11, 2011 earthquake, as well as countermeasures.
Green Innovations & Economy
The Obama Administration has heightened interest in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental conservation in the US, realizing an innovation-based ‘green economy' will help curb greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy security, and create a new industry for job growth.
Despite a relatively low amount of domestic energy resources, Japan has managed to be at the forefront of energy efficiency and renewable energy development since the oil embargoes of the 1970's. It is now one of the few low-carbon economies in the world. The United States has tremendous opportunity to lower its CO2 emissions per GDP to levels similar to Japan's while sustaining high levels of economic output. Hybrid cars are just one example of the many opportunities for collaboration in clean technology between our two countries.
JETRO serves as a liaison between Japanese innovators in energy technologies and U.S. companies. This website provides information designed to help facilitate collaboration in this vital field.
Let's work together through Green Innovations for the realization of a Green Economy.
Green Innovations Partnership Program Members The "Green Innovations Partnership" program represents a growing number of companies that feature the latest cutting-edge green technologies from Japan. Members of the "Green Innovations Partnership" program will showcase their technologies at a series of expos and conferences throughout the U.S. The program provides opportunities for potential U.S. business partners to connect with innovative Japanese green technologies and expertise, develop business, and forge strategic partnerships. Green Innovations Partnership Packet (PDF, 1.18MB)
JETRO serves to support innovative green technologies that are fundamental to creating a sustainable society and vitalizing the U.S. Green Economy. The "Green Innovations Partnership" program features green technologies that draw upon the experience and innovation of Japanese technology by:
Optimizing your energy solutions with experience from Japan: the world's most energy-efficient economy.
Greening your community with wisdom inspired by Japan's long history of sustainability.
Maximizing your renewable potential with the most innovative technologies proven in Japan.
2011 Members of the Green Innovations Partnership Program
Showcased green technologies feature technology that has already been successfully proven in Japan, and can be integrated into commercial and residential building applications in the U.S. Model of Building Applications (PDF, 931KB)
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Showcased Green Technologies
Affinity's energy saving windowpanes self-respond and automatically adjust to block out harmful solar radiation and moderate indoor lighting. Thermotropic Smart Windowpanes (PDF, 386KB)
SSBB's rainwater harvesting storage tank system is made of recyclable polypropylene plastic. The system's lightweight and simple construction is space efficient and effectively stores water with a 95-96% storage ratio.
Takagi's "endless on-demand" tankless water heaters deliver 200-500 gallons of hot water per hour per unit, and feature efficiency ratings of up to 95%. Tankless Water Heaters (PDF, 305KB)
WoodOne's resource conservation and sustainable manufacture of 168,000 acres of Radiata Pine forest yields superior wood products that help create healthy living and working environments. Sustainable Wood Products (PDF, 224KB)
World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) JETRO Pavilion Participants
JETRO is proud to announce that the following companies participated in the 32nd World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) held in Washington, D.C. on November 4-6, 2009. WEEC is the U.S.'s largest energy event featuring end user energy products and services as well as leading energy professionals in business, industry and government. The Japan Green Technology & Energy Pavilion showcased innovative technologies and solutions for energy efficiency, green building, renewable energy and sustainable design.
Interviews @ WEEC 2009 with Hitachi America, Ltd., NTT DoCoMo USA, Inc., Mayekawa USA, Inc., Ricoh Americas Corp., Fujitsu General America, Inc., Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., and JASE World.
On March 15, 2010, about 140 professionals involved in city greening efforts attended this seminar at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. Topics included sustainability programs in Los Angeles and other cities, the "Eco-Model Cities Initiative” in Japan, LEED and CASBEE green building standards, and electric vehicle and infrastructure development in Los Angeles and Japan.
The US green building market is growing. Short-term growth is being fueled by energy efficiency retrofits funded by the federal ARRA incentives and long-term products developments are being shaped by LEED standards. This 10-page report outlines the potential for the green building market, the standards that are influencing them, and the incentives currently available.
This report examines green building in Japan and the unique programs that have been developed to improve energy efficiency. It also highlights some of the innovative products developed by Japanese industry that help make it the most energy efficiency economy in the world.
Green building standard adoption is growing worldwide. Many countries have developed their own standards, such as BREEAM in the United Kingdom, VERDE in Spain, and BERDE in the Philippines. Each country's standard has a different method to evaluate a sustainable building. This report looks at the differences between LEED in the United States and CASBEE in Japan.
California has set aggressive Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction targets, yet implementation of these goals will largely be the responsibility of the local level. This article reviews activity designed to encourage local level implementation of GHG reduction policies, then looks at activities taken by the cities themselves. Finally, there is a short review of how this compares to the approach taken in Japan with the Eco-Model Cities project.
A program established by the Japanese government to create and promote a Low-Carbon Society on a city level, domestically and worldwide. 6 cities were originally selected in 2008, and 7 more cities were selected in 2009. All of the cities prominently feature activities and future plans to achieve drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
More about Eco-Model Cities for a Low-Carbon Society: