Powering Paradises: Policy Recommendations and Implications for the Hawai’i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative in Security, Development and International Cooperation

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When: Feb 5 2015 - 12:00pm until Feb 5 2015 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St, NW Suite 600 Washington, DC
What:

Powering Paradises: Policy Recommendations and Implications for the Hawai’i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative in Security, Development and International Cooperation

An Asia Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar featuring:

Aiko Shimizu
Japan Studies Visiting Fellow
East-West Center in Washington

Jane Nakano (Discussant)
Senior Fellow,Energy and National Security Program

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)


Aiko Shimizu, along with Jane Nakano from CSIS and Yuki Tatsumi from the Stimson Center, discusses how the clean energy initiative between Okinawa and Hawaii could be expanded to benefit the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.

Formulated in 2009, the Hawai’i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative is a joint U.S.-Japan initiative to research, develop, and deploy renewable energy technologies to tackle common challenges of global energy security and climate change. While the Initiative was initially created for the purposes of economic development and energy security in the State of Hawai’i and Okinawa prefecture, it has a greater potential for the future of U.S.-Japan relations in the areas of national security, sustainable development, and international cooperation.

Aiko Shimizu discussed the benefits of leveraging the importance of the Hawai'i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative and made policy recommendations on how it could be implemented more effectively. The initiative has the potential to provide a boon for both Hawai'i and Okinawa. Similar in geography and climate while both facing the challenges of climate change and dependency on energy imports, Hawai'i and Okinawa have been engaging in cooperation in renewable energy technology, increasing efficiency and sharing best practices. Ms. Shimizu, however, believed that the benefits both of these islands are accruing could in turn be shared by other island nations in the region. Furthermore, the benefits need not only be confined to the economic sector; given time, they could improve both islands' national security and sustainability. 


Aiko Shimizu is a Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington and a Non-Resident Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS. Her past experiences include working at the United Nations, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN, and Pacific Forum CSIS. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and graduate degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Jane Nakano is a Senior Fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her areas of research include energy security issues in Asia, global nuclear energy trends, and global natural gas market dynamics. Prior to joining CSIS in 2010, Nakano was with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and served as the lead staff on U.S. energy engagements with China and Japan. She was responsible for coordinating DOE engagements in the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue, U.S.-China Energy Policy Dialogue, and U.S.-Japan Energy Dialogue. She also worked on U.S. energy engagements with Indonesia, North Korea, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum. From 2001 to 2002, she served at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo as special assistant to the energy attaché. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Batiuk
Phone: 202-327-9755