We’re about a month into the 5-month visit to Japan and the University of Tokyo, where I am visiting the Graduate School of Public Policy. The goal of this short visit is to do a small study of collaboration in the Japanese shipping and shipbuilding sector on energy efficiency matters. Coming from Sweden, it is also very interesting to see a maritime sector that is quite a bit larger than the one at home. I will also be attending some maritime conferences, in Imabari for the maritime fair and Kyoto for the International Association of Maritime Economists’ (IAME) conference.
Last week for example, I was able to meet with representatives from Japan Maritime Center, Alfa Laval, and also the science and technology attachés at the Swedish Embassy. The recent decision to cap sulphur content in ship fuel to 0.5% percent seems to have generated a similar discussion here to what we had in Sweden a couple of years ago after the 0.1% per cent ECA-decision.