U.S.-Japanese cooperation in energy research and development

by Paul Fritz Langer

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This study grew out of discussions with Japanese researchers concerned with energy matters and interested in promoting U.S.-Japanese cooperation in energy R&D. It examines the differences and similarities of the energy situations in Japan and the United States, the characteristics of research and development policies in the two countries, as well as their implications for U.S.-Japanese cooperation in this field. Three issues are singled out for further study and cooperative action by the two partners in their energy R&D activity: energy conservation and efficiency of use; coal conversion technology; and the need for creating a binational institutional mechanism capable of harmonizing major decisions bearing on energy technology (especially in the nuclear area) with broader considerations of national policies.

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