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Think Tank Chief Calls For Energy-Saving Innovations

Thursday, May 26, 2011

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Akio Shibata, chief representative of Marubeni Research Institute, on Thursday said Japan should promote technological innovation in solar power generation and other areas aimed at conserving energy.

Speaking at the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo, Shibata said that the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the resulting power shortages may pose such risks as contributing to fierce competition for resources, as well as the depletion of resources, which must be prevented.

He added that the promotion of innovation in energy-saving technologies could become the first industrial revolution to originate in Japan in the 21st century.

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.