U.S.-Japan Council 2023 Annual Conference - Climate & Sustainability Initiative Roundtable

On November 8, Consul General Sone attended the U.S.-Japan Council 2023 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., and discussed U.S.-Japan economic cooperation on hydrogen technology at the Climate & Sustainability Initiative Roundtable hosted by JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles.
Consul General Sone opened the session by mentioning the importance of cooperation between Japan and the U.S. in the hydrogen sector, an area where Japan has made many technological advancements, including using hydrogen technology in the Tokyo Olympics. He also spoke about the importance of leadership in the international community by Japan as the G7 chair and the United States as the host country of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) this month.
After his remarks, Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), introduced the federal government's vision for the U.S. Hydrogen Hub announced last month and the importance of international cooperation, including with countries such as Japan. Mr. Takehito Yokoo, Chairman of JH2F (Japan Hydrogen Forum), showed examples of Japanese companies involved in projects in the United States and introduced the necessity of developing hydrogen infrastructure, emphasizing the potential of hydrogen technology in tackling climate change and the importance of linking it with the electric power sector.
Ms. Mika Takagi, Director General of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) Washington D.C. Office, mentioned the importance of hydrogen development at the government level while sharing examples of projects that NEDO supports in Japan and the United States. After her remarks, the discussion moderator Mr. Lex Heslin, CEO of ENSO Infrastructure, introduced the regional collaboration efforts in hydrogen technology with Namie Town (in Fukushima, Japan), the City of Lancaster (California), and the County of Hawai’i.

Consul General Sone

Dr. Sunita Satyapal,
Director of the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)

Mr. Yokoo, Chairman of JH2F

Ms. Takagi, Director General of NEDO Washington D.C. Office

Mr. Heslin, CEO of ENSO Infrastructure

Panel Discussion

Speakers at the Panel Discussion