Japan-seminar 2011

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2011 NTNUs Japan seminar Renewables and Energy Security in Japan, East Asia and Norway,  9-10 November 2011

The 2011 Norwegian University for Science & Technology (NTNU) Japan Seminar will focus on an ever more pressing theme, global energy security, the emergence of renewable energy sources, and how this relates to Japan, East Asia and Norway. Due to eventual resource depletion, the threat of global warming, and advancing technology, renewable energy will, more or less by default, end up playing a much larger role in the future energy security and CO2 reduction strategies of many nations. The seminar will focus on countries and regions that share both major commonalities and differences in their energy strategies and renewable energy policies.

Both Japan and Norway are countries with powerful energy lobbies. This strongly affects energy policy-making in both countries. Also, Japan's devastating "3-11" March 2011 earthquake and tsunami calls into question Japan's previous strategy of enhancing energy security and reducing green house emissions by building a large number of new nuclear power plants. High economic growth in East Asia, particularly China, is the most important reason why the demand for energy will only keep expanding and East Asia is already one of the most important regions of the world, in terms both of demand for and supply of energy in general, and renewable energy more specifically. The seminar will host panels focusing specifically on the energy security situation of these countries and regions. It will host panels on technological and industrial challenges for renewable, and it will host panels on industrial policy and renewables as well as on policy recommendations for drawing renewables and energy security together in a common strategy.


2010 NTNU Japan seminar

The 2010 NTNU seminar examines an important commonality between Norway and Japan, their status as world class shipping powers. It focuses on two types of maritime ties: cooperation in ship technology development in the context of shipping ties in cargo services, ship certification, etc, and cooperation in sea-lane security and expansion. Norwegian-Japanese ship technology and commercial cooperation will examine recent and ongoing cooperative development projects between NTNU and other Norwegian engineers with their Japanese counterparts (and counter-parts elsewhere in East Asia), and new projects by Norwegian companies such as Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Japanese shipping firms such as NYK to develop low emission fuel-cell, photovoltaic, and hybrid engine powered ships, and other new ship technologies. The panel on sea-lane security and expansion will examine efforts by both countries to ensure sea-lane security in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean through counter-piracy efforts and other means. A separate panel will consider the great potential of the opening up of Arctic sea lanes of communication for both Norway and Japan. Were the Arctic sea lanes to become a commercial reality, Norwegian ports would become the closest European ports from Japan, and the already deep shipping relationship between these two maritime powers would deepen further.


Schedule Tuesday, March 16, 2010

8:45-9:00: Registration

9:00-9:20: Welcoming Address by NTNU Rektor, Torbjorn Digernes, on

Norwegian-Japanese bilateral Ship Technology cooperation

9:20-9:30: Opening Remarks by Paul Midford, Director, NTNU Japan Program

9:40-10:45: Panel 1: Bilateral Ship Technology Development and Maritime Ties

Harald Ellingsen, Professor and Chair, Department of Marine Engineering, NTNU,

“An overview of current research and education programs at the

Department of Marine Engineering, NTNU”

Arnulf Hagen, Managing Director, proNavis Det Norske Veritas (DNV)

Professor II, NTNU

Shukei Horiuchi, Manager, NYK Line, Senior Technology Officer, MTI

“NYK Super Eco Ship 2030 – out concept ship in the future”

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-11:20: Discussion

11:20-12:30: Panel 2: Cooperation and Competition in Sea-lane Security: Counter-piracy deployments and other measures

Paul Midford, Director, NTNU Japan Program,

“Comparing Norwegian and Japanese Responses to Indian Ocean piracy”

RADM Kazumine Akimoto (Ret.), Ocean Policy Research Foundation (OPRF)

"Possible Norway Japan cooperation for securing sea lanes"

Masayoshi Kobayashi, Second Secretary, Japanese Embassy, Oslo (seconded from

Japanese Coast Guard),

“The Japan Coast Guard’s Piracy Countermeasures”

Øystein Tunsjø, Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies,

"Moderate balancing and cooperation: China's hedging approach to

SLOCs security"

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13:30-14:15: Discussion

14:15-15:00: Panel 3: Opening up the Arctic SLOC and Bilateral Shipping Ties

Hiromitsu Kitagawa, Ocean Policy Research Foundation (OPRF)

Arild Moe, Deputy Director, Fridtjof Nansen Institute,

“Commercial utilization of the Northern Sea Route: Status and prospects”

Jennifer Bailey, ISS, NTNU,

“Whaling in Norway and Japan”

15:00-15:15: Coffee Break

15:15-16:00: Discussion

16:00-16:15: Closing Discussion