EXPO 2017: JAPANESE PAVILION
Japan is showcasing its best innovative developments at the EXPO 2017. The country is one of the global leaders in use of alternative energy. A fascinating tour in the Japanese expo pavilion allows the visitors to understand why.
Acquaintance with Japan begins right on the street where staff members welcome the visitors to the pavilion. The staff gives a brief presentation at the entrance. Japanese pavilion spokesperson, Kenichi Kojima speaks in Russian and English fluently. He has begun learning the Kazakh language as well.
KENIСHI KOJIMA, SPOKESPERSON, JAPANESE PAVILION:
- In 2005, my hometown Aichi hosted an exhibition. Then, I was very interested in the expo and I set out to work at a large-scale event in the future. When I was studying at the university, I learned that your country will host an exhibition and its main topic will be the development of green technologies. So I immediately decided to come to Kazakhstan. It is a great honor for me to work here and to take part in such an event which is useful for the future of the planet.
The Japanese pavilion is divided into three sections and every section has its own concept. Japanese philosophical approach to high technologies is reflected here where the visitors are first introduced to the history of alternative energy. Japan’s transition to green energy is not a trend of fashion and a desire to be on the top of rankings, but it is a necessity since there are practically no minerals in the country’s territory. This is why Japan with minimal natural resources has developed its own environmentally friendly way of generating electricity.
HIDEKAZU SHIBAMOTO, DIRECTOR, JAPANESE PAVILION:
- The 1973 oil crisis forced us to introduce a new strategy to change from energy-intensive to high-tech economy in Japan. We decided to replace the mineral resources with intellectual ones. This primarily concerned the transfer of electricity and industrial production from liquid fuel to other carriers. The targets were acceleration of development of nuclear power, increase of coal and liquefied natural gas imports.
In the next section, visitors can see firsthand Japan’s ambitious projects in the field of green technologies. The authors didn’t limit themselves with a film; they also created a mobile application for better visual and tactile effects. The visitors can truly feel themselves in a technological future. The film talks about the country's plans such as launching an aircraft on biofuel. They claim that this will become a reality by 2020. Japanese scientists invented fuel from dried seaweed powder. According to its chemical properties, it is similar to kerosene. The plant which produces green fuel with a capacity of up to 5 barrels a day is built for convenience and located not far from Japan’s two largest airports.
HIDEKAZU SHIBAMOTO, DIRECTOR, JAPANESE PAVILION:
- Our developments are primarily aimed at minimizing the consequences of harmful emissions into the atmosphere. We want to launch planes on biofuels, not because of financial considerations, but because we are worried about the future of our planet. We think that all countries should follow this example. Today, it is necessary to start reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
The third section of the Japanese pavilion is perhaps the most fascinating one. Guests can play interactive games here. Visitors can contribute to the development of green energy and try to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions. It is collected in special baskets and then sent to the plant where it generates energy. All the technological solutions in the pavilion are so easily accessible and creative that even children can understand and have an interest in them. The innovative development of the Japanese company, Toshiba is presented here, too. This is a special container where it is possible to store clean energy. As experts say, to get clean energy from alternative sources is only half of the matter since the most difficult in this process is to be able to preserve the energy.
ZHANAR NURTOLEU, MANAGER, TOSHIBA STAND:
- It is a generator of solar energy which means that the generator has solar panels. It also has battery panels which means that the energy is received from solar batteries where the energy accumulates. There is a system for electrolysis, too.
In addition to the new developments which are going to make a breakthrough in the development of renewable energy, the Japanese pavilion also includes the innovations that have already proven themselves around the world. These are energy-saving LED lamps. In the 1990s, Japanese scientists invented a blue LED which turned out to be cheap in production. For this discovery, the scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. The technology of home energy management system is also presented in the pavilion. In Japan, people equip their houses with solar batteries, mini power stations, high-tech refrigerators and air conditioners with built-in sensors. This kind of an ergonomic lifestyle is reflected everywhere. The state has even adopted a law on the rational use of energy. The Japanese model of energy consumption is primarily created for the population’s convenience. The country is ready to share its technologies as well as to promote joint projects with Kazakhstan. Undoubtedly, the exhibition will give a new impetus to the development of multilateral partnerships in the field of green technologies.