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Japan Continues Push for U.S. LNG Supplies

The Japan Times reports that Japanese Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Acting Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman in Washington last week to request U.S. government approval of LNG exports to Japan. According to the r
May 7, 2013

The Japan Times reports that Japanese Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Acting Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman in Washington last week to request U.S. government approval of LNG exports to Japan. According to the report, Poneman told Motegi that he fully recognizes that access to U.S. LNG supplies is an urgent issue for Japan, which does not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States providing for automatic approval of LNG exports, and that DOE will examine each LNG export project under federal law. Motegi took Poneman’s remarks as “very positive.”

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