Inside Japan's Energy Development Politics: What Outsiders Do Not Know
This study discusses the inside dynamics of Japan’s energy development politics in the context of the ongoing Northeast Asian gas pipeline projects. The analysis presumes that the central importance of Japanese involvement lies in its bargaining power as the major natural gas consumer country and in its potential leadership over the building and management of a Japanese-centered multilateral regional gas regime. This work thus presupposes that the Japanese approach in energy development can be comprehended as externalization of the inside dynamics. This study offers an in-depth look at the segmented nature of Japanese domestic energy markets, with focus on the two-way flows of power and policy inherent in the state-business relations within the Japanese political economy. This research thus puts a major analytical focus on the relationship of the public and private sectors. This study first examines how national security and commercial considerations interplay in Japan’s energy policy-making. Then the analysis identifies active promoters of the pipeline projects and their behavioral patters, and contrast them with their opposition. The focal point of investigation is placed on how these segements of different public and private sectors behave under conditions of bifurcated interests. The research produces some policy recommendations for building an international private sector regime in gas pipeline management, followed by an assessment of the most recent transformation of the Japanese energy politics after the late 1997 and its implications to these policy recommendations.
- 桃山学院大学総合研究所紀要 = ST.ANDREW'S UNIVERSITY BULLETIN OF THE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
桃山学院大学総合研究所紀要 = ST.ANDREW'S UNIVERSITY BULLETIN OF THE RESEARCH INSTITUTE 28 (3), 179-203, 2003-03-20