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Date : October 28, 2011

Notice (Press Briefing): Japan as a Metal-Resources Power (October 28, 2011)

post date : 2013.08.19

Press Briefing:“Japan as a Metal-Resources Power”


Mr. Hikaru HIRANUMA, Research Fellow and Policy Producer, Tokyo Foundation



Competition for rare metals is intensifying globally. Rare metals are indispensable for the electric, automobile, green, and energy industries, which are driving forces of the Japanese economy. That’s why rare metals are often called the “lifeblood” of Japan’s future and ensuring a steady supply of them is a national challenge.


FPCJ will invite an expert in resources and energy diplomacy, Mr. Hikaru Hiranuma, Research Fellow and Policy Producer of the Tokyo Foundation, to talk about the state of Japan’s rare metal stocks and challenges for the future.


Mr. Hiranuma came into the spotlight with his book titled “World’s No. 1 Metal-Resources-rich country, Japan”(Kodansha 2011), in which he pointed out the huge quantities of untouched metal resources in and under the sea around Japan and so-called “urban mines” and pointed to a path to Japan’s “super economic growth” by utilizing them.



Time & Date: October 28 (Fri), 16:00-17:30


Place: Foreign Press Center/Japan (6th floor, Nippon Press Center Bldg.)


Language: Japanese (with English interpretation)


Embassy representatives and FPCJ supporting members may also attend the briefing as observers (admission free).


*No car park is available. Please use a nearby car park if you come by car.

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