Japan and US Smart Grid Effort? A Case Study

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This paper looks closely into the concept of the Japanese government’s “go green” effort, the objective of which is to make Japan a leading nation in environmental and energy sustainability through green innovation. This paper paints a simple conceptual picture of how Japan’s smart grid effort compares with that of the USA. The structure of Japan’s energy sources is described. Through this case study, the concept of Negawatt is proposed to be another important factor in Japan and the USA when we consider the power system including the smart grid.


Smart Grid Japanese Government Concentrate Solar Power Smart Grid Technology Smart Grid System 
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The author wish to thank the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for research funding; Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences (MIMS) and University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Technology Management for Innovation for mentoring; Professor Nawata Kazumitsu for supervising; and Professor Naotaka Uchitomi for valuable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Graduate School of EngineeringUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Kojimachi Business Centre BuildingTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical SciencesMeiji UniversityTokyoJapan

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