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Adapting to a New Energy Era – February 2014 Workshop

On February 12, NBR hosted an invitation-only workshop, “Adapting to a New Energy Era,” in Tokyo, Japan. This full-day event featured senior policymakers, industry leaders, and top energy and geopolitical specialists.

Event Materials

Agenda (PDF)

Speaker Bios (PDF)

Photo Gallery

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For more information about the workshop, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Assistant Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs
+01 (202) 347-9767

World energy markets have undergone a seismic shift in the past ten years, driven by the unexpected boom in U.S. and Canadian production of shale gas, tight oil, and heavy oil. These changes have accelerated an already steady decline in U.S. imports of Middle East oil and gas. At the same time, Japan, China, and the rest of Asia have emerged as major importers of oil and natural gas from the Persian Gulf.

Given these broad changes in both energy markets and global strategic priorities, and as the United States continues its rebalancing to Asia, there is an urgent need for the United States and Asian countries to revamp their energy security strategies for stabilizing the Gulf region.

With this in mind, panel discussions examined:

  • Current U.S., Japanese, and Asian strategies for oil and LNG supply security, including how the policies and economic considerations that underlie these strategies are changing
  • Japan’s evolving energy security outlook, and how Japanese industry and policy are assessing both the prospects for the United States to reduce its presence in the Middle East and their own energy policy priorities
  • How the United States and Japan can work more closely with states in the Asia-Pacific on a coordinated strategic policy to enhance Gulf stability and the security of oil and LNG transport
  • Existing global and regional energy markets and institutions, and possible new or enhanced arrangements that might strengthen Asia’s energy security
  • Likely resource and commitment requirements for the United States, Japan, and other states in Asia to achieve common goals

Speakers and Discussants

Admiral Dennis C. Blair, U.S. Navy (ret.)
Board of Directors, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Junko Chano
Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Shinji Fujino
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)

Mikkal Herberg
The National Bureau of Asian Research; University of California-San Diego

Roy Kamphausen
The National Bureau of Asian Research

James Kim
Asan Institute for Policy Studies

Ken Koyama
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Meredith Miller
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Kuni Miyake
Canon Institute for Global Studies; Ritsumeikan University

Yu Nagatomi
Instite for Energy Economics, Japan

Toshikazu Okuya
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan

The Honorable Tsuyoshi Shiina
House of Representatives, Japan

Kei Shimogori
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Nobuo Tanaka
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Tsutomu Toichi
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Kurt Tong
Embassy of the United States in Tokyo, Japan

Zhao Hongtu
China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

About the Project

Through a range of activities—including field research, commissioned papers, workshops, and dialogues with key stakeholders—the project “Adapting to a New Energy Era” aims to provide in-depth and academically rigorous research into how the United States, Japan, South Korea, China, and others countries can craft stronger diplomatic, strategic, and economic tools to support common energy security interests. Learn more.


This initiative is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

This event is part of NBR’s initiative on “Adapting to a New Energy Era.” In December 2013, NBR convened a related workshop in Washington, D.C that featured remarks by Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (State of Louisiana) and Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young (Republic of Korea), and included panel discussions with senior representatives from industry, policy, and research. Learn more.

In November 2013, NBR launched its 2013 Energy Security Report, “Asia’s Uncertain LNG Future” in Washington, D.C. This half-day event featured panel discussions with senior energy and geopolitical specialists Mikkal Herberg, Shoichi Itoh, Jane Nakano, Padu S. Padmanaban, James Slutz, and Nikos Tsafos. Learn more or read the report.


For more information about this initiative, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Assistant Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs
(202) 347-9767