ANNEX 1: VISITS MADE IN THE COURSE OF
Japan: Monday 16 SeptemberFriday 20 September
MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
Morning: British Embassy, Tokyo
The Committee received briefings from Embassy staff
on its work generally and specifically on its role in science
and technology, energy and environment, and trade promotion.
Afternoon: Miraikan Museum of Emerging Science
The Committee visited the museum and held a meeting
with the museum's director.
TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
Morning: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's
Agency for Natural Resources and Energy; New Energy Foundation
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is Japan's
equivalent of the UK's Department of Trade and Industry. It is
responsible for energy policy. The Committee held a meeting with
Director General of Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department
of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy and heard presentations
The New Energy Foundation is non-profit organisation.
It surveys research and the introduction and deployment of new
energy technologies and administers the Government's domestic
photovoltaic installation programme. The Committee met the Chairman
of the New Energy Foundation and staff briefed us on the organisation's
role and its photovoltaic programme.
Afternoon: New Energy and Industrial Technology
The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development
Organization is a semi-governmental organization under the Ministry
of Economy, Trade and Industry. It activities include development
and promotion of new energy and energy conservation technologies
and the management of industrial technology research and development
projects. The Committee held a meeting with President with presentations
on fuel cell, hydrogen and solar energy development.
Wednesday 18 September
Morning: Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute,
Naka Fusion Research Establishment
Naka is the centre of Japan's fusion research programme.
The Committee held a meeting with scientists and toured the JT-60
tomamak and the establishment's research facilities on plasma
heating and superconducting magnets.
Afternoon: Misawa Homes Institute of Research
The Committee visited the company's zero emission
solar energy house and received a presentation on its building
product made from recycled wood chips and plastic.
Thursday 19 September
Morning: RIKEN Yokohama
The Committee visited the RIKEN facilities, focusing
on its genomics sciences division.
Afternoon: British Council
The Committee received briefings on the work of the
British Council, Tokyo in promoting a more positive image of the
FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
Morning: Sanyo Electric
The Committee received presentations on Sanyo's development
of fuel cell cogeneration systems and photovoltaic cells and toured
the Sanyo Solar Ark, the world's largest solar array.
Afternoon: Osaka Gas
Osaka Gas is the gas distribution company for the
Kansai region. It has a demonstration programme in its company
apartments using hydrogen fuel cells for residential cogeneration.
The Committee visited this project along with the company's research
facilities and a hydrogen fuel filling station it was developing.
UK Atomic Energy Authority's Culham fusion research:
11 November 2002
The Committee were given a tour of the UK's MAST
facility, a spherical tokamak at an early stage of development
and the European JET project. The Committee received presentations
on the development of fusion technology and the role of the UK.