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Japan is one of the most energy-dependent countries in the world. Nearly 90% of its primary energy consumption depends on fossil fuels, most of which are imported. For example, Japan is the world’s largest importer of liquefied natural gas.

The problem is that being so dependent on energy supply in a region with so many geopolitical conflicts poses a huge risk to national security. Precisely because of this, Japanese politicians saw nuclear power as a solution to this problem for years.

After the Fukushima accident, however, everything changed. Nuclear power is no longer popular in the Land of the Rising Sun. After the accident many of the country’s reactors were shut down and the vast majority of future projects were cancelled. This further aggravated the already pressing problem of energy dependence.

Faced with such a scenario, the government of Japan has designed a new strategy in which both hydrogen and methane hydrates play a key role. Methane hydrates, also known as flammable ice, are the planet’s largest fossil fuel resource. In this video we tell you what they are and what Japan’s strategy is to overcome its dependence on gas and oil currently sourced from difficult areas such as the Middle East.

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