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Published:December 12th, 2006 07:35 EST
Secretary Bodman Visits Clean Energy Museum in Tokyo

Secretary Bodman Visits Clean Energy Museum in Tokyo

By SOP newswire

TOKYO, JAPAN – U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today toured the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Museum on his first stop in a three nation trip to Asia to advance global energy security in the Asia-Pacific region.  In Tokyo Secretary Bodman met with U.S business leaders and senior Japanese officials to discuss U.S.-Japanese joint efforts in advancing science and technology, energy security, and nonproliferation.

“As two of the world’s most robust economies, the U.S. and Japan share common goals in increasing our economic and energy security,” Secretary Bodman said.  “I look forward to advancing our ongoing partnerships in clean energy research, science and technology, and nonproliferation and discussing ways to meet the growing demand for energy in our countries through active participation in global energy markets.”

During his visit to the TEPCO Museum, Secretary Bodman toured exhibits on nuclear energy, hydroelectric production, and energy efficient technologies used in homes and businesses in Japan.  TEPCO supplies Tokyo and its vicinity with electricity from thermal electric, nuclear, and hydroelectric production sources.  Secretary Bodman also met with U.S. business leaders of the American Chamber of Commerce to discuss the development and deployment of clean energy technologies and investment opportunity in Japan and the Asia-Pacific. 

Secretary Bodman held bilateral energy talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Aso, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Akira Amari, and Senior Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Toshiaki Endo.  Secretary Bodman and his Japanese counterparts discussed the U.S. and Japan’s growing relationship through international energy organizations, such as the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).  Secretary Bodman also discussed the importance of advancing the Energy Security Action Plan, a U.S. sponsored initiative at the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in 2004 that promotes petroleum stockpiling, liquefied natural gas trade, hydrogen/fuel cell research and development. 

To advance the development and deployment of clean energy technologies, Secretary Bodman and his Japanese counterparts highlighted the importance of continued cooperation through ongoing partnerships including the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP); International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy; Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum; International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor; and Generation IV International Forum.   Secretary Bodman emphasized the nations’ common interest in extending cooperation in regional and nonproliferation efforts.  Japan is a key U.S. ally in multilateral nonproliferation forums like the International Atomic Energy Agency. 

Japan is the first stop in Secretary Bodman’s six day, three nation swing to Asia to build on energy cooperation with the Asia-Pacific nations.  Tomorrow, Secretary Bodman will travel to Seoul, Korea before arriving in Beijing, China on Thursday for the inaugural meeting of the U.S.–China Strategic Economic Dialogue and the Five-Party Energy Ministerial with China, Japan, Korea and India.  A strategic focus of the trip is to find common ground on improving global energy security through increasing the supply of diverse energy resources and employing more energy efficient measures in the Asia-Pacific region.

Anne Womack Kolton, (202) 586-4940