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Stockholm Seminar (Webinar) on Japan, 20 April

"New Challenges and Solutions for Renewable Energy: Japan, East Asia and Northern Europe" with Professor Paul Midford, Meiji Gakuin University and Professor Espen Moen, Norwegian University of Science & Technology

In this Stockholm Seminar on Japan, the editors, Paul Midford and Espen Moen, will present and discuss their new book: New Challenges and Solutions for Renewable Energy: Japan, East Asia and Northern Europe. This is a timely topic in relation to the goal of the new Suga government of Japan to increase the share of renewable energy resources. This book identifies second stage challenges and opportunities for expanding renewable energy into a mainstay of electricity generation that can replace fossil fuels and nuclear power, comparing Japan with several countries in East Asia and Northern Europe. Environmentally sustainable renewable energy technologies have now overtaken fossil fuel and nuclear technologies in terms of total global investment, and the costs of these technologies and related ones (e.g. storage batteries) are rapidly falling. Yet renewable energy use varies greatly from country to country.

Dr. Paul Midford is Professor of international relations at Meiji Gakuin University in Yokohama Japan. He specializes in Japanese foreign and security policies, and East Asian regional politics and security. Midford has published in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, The Pacific Review, Asian Survey, and Japan Forum. He is author of Rethinking Japanese Public Opinion and Security: From Pacifism to Realism? (Stanford University Press, 2011); and Overcoming Isolationism: Japan’s Leadership in East Asian Security Multilateralism (Stanford University Press, 2020). He is co-editor with Wilhelm Vosse, of Japan’s new security partnerships: Beyond the Security Alliance (Manchester University Press, 2018); and New Directions in Japan´s Security: Non-U.S. Centric Evolution (Routledge, 2020). Midford received his doctorate in Political Science from Columbia University in 2001, and previously taught at Kanazawa University, Lafayette College, Kwansei Gakuin University, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

Dr. Espen Moe is Professor of political science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His specialization is in political economy and energy policy, with a particular focus on major processes of structural economic change, such as the current renewable energy transition. Moe has published in Energy, Energy Policy, Energy Research & Social Science, Global Environmental Politics, Review of International Political Economy, and East Asia Forum. He is author of Governance, Growth and Global Leadership (Ashgate/Routledge, 2007) and Renewable Energy Transformation or Fossil Fuel Backlash (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He is co-editor with Paul Midford of The Political Economy of Renewable Energy and Energy Security: Common Challenges and National Responses in Japan, China and Northern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Moe received his doctorate in Political Science from UCLA in 2004. He has also been Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow at Kwansei Gakuin University in Sanda, Japan (2008-09), and has taught at Beijing Normal University (2014, 2015).

Moderator: Professor Marie Söderberg, European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics

Discussant: Dr. Patrik Ström, Director, European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, April 20, 10:00-11:00 (CEST)
  • Language: English
  • Location: Zoom (online)

Registration until April 19, 2021. Register for the seminar here  

The Japan seminar series is jointly organized by the European Institute of Japanese Studies at Stockholm School of Economics, the Asia Programme at The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies at Stockholm University and the Swedish Defence University. It features monthly seminars on Japanese economy, politics and society. 


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