LNG Exports to Japan: Recommendations for Opening the U.S. Market

By Julia Collins, Barbara Adair, Rodolfo De la Cruz, John Gillis, and Zheng Zhu

Abstract: By increasing liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Japan, the United States will enjoy a more favorable trade balance, advance carbon-reduction goals, and increase geopolitical stability. The United States must urgently pursue the following steps in order to take full advantage of the current market:

1. Increase funding for Department of Energy personnel support
2. Establish a blanket waiver with the DOE Office of Fossil Fuels
3. Nominate a special committee on U.S. liquefied natural gas
4. Prioritize finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership
5. Raise public awareness

About the Authors:

Barbara Adair earned a master’s degree in International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs in 2014. She has worked for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate, and is currently at the U.S. Department of State.

Julia Collins will graduate with a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs in fall 2014, having completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA. She speaks Hungarian and works for ExxonMobil.

Rodolfo De la Cruz earned a B.A. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in 2009, and an M.A. from the Elliott School of International Affairs in 2014. An army reservist for 10 years, he is currently a program analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense.

John Gillis is a U.S. Army veteran and graduated with a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs in 2014, specializing in Transnational Security and Energy Security. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola College, Maryland.

Zheng Zhu is a cross-border investment researcher at Rhodium Group and graduated from the Elliott School of International Affairs in 2014 with a master’s degree in International Affairs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Nottingham-China Campus.

Shimizu LNG Unloading Arm and Mt Fuji by Wikimedia Commons user Tnk3a is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.1 JP. Image cropped.

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