Liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks and a membrane-type tanker are seen at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Futtsu Thermal Power Station in Futtsu, east of Tokyo (REUTERS/Issei Kato).
Opinion | Brookings Northeast Asia Commentary
Energy Security in Northeast Asia: A Pivotal Moment for the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Japan’s post-Fukushima imports of liquefied natural gas have raised prices in Asia and depleted some of Japan’s wealth. Shoichi Itoh argues that a considered restart of Japan’s nuclear reactors and imports of LNG from the continental United States will benefit Japan’s economy, provide an opportunity to enhance the U.S.-Japan alliance and contribute to a framework for energy security and geopolitical stability in Northeast Asia.