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Japan's energy sector needs to adapt to be fit for the future

My company changed to respond to environmental and technological upheaval

| Japan
LNG storage tanks at Jera's Futtsu Thermal Power Station: natural gas is an important tool in quickly reducing carbon dioxide emissions.   © Reuters

Japanese companies have a reputation for resisting change. Utilities, in Japan and other countries, are often seen as especially conservative and uninventive.

But Japan's energy companies are now breaking away from this stereotype, as deregulation reorders the energy sector; advances in energy technology and climate concerns disrupt business as usual; and the aftereffects of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster continue to reverberate.

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