The study of narratives and policy commentaries related to the study of the coal industries in Japan and China is important because these two countries rank amongst the world’s top importers, users, exporters and developers of new coal technologies. Their policy inclinations and political visions in this area have the potential of steering global direction in the use and production of energy resources. In studying the general energy policies of China and Japan during and after their leadership transitions, special attention is given to the study of coal resources due this resource’s major re-emergence into public energy narratives in 2011–12, especially in the mass media.
Asia Pacific Region Leadership Transition Coal Industry Coal Resource Great East Japan Earthquake
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