Japan – China – Korea FTA Negotiations

Negotiations on a free trade agreement between Japan, China, and Korea are to start next year.

That is of course good news for the idea of building an “Asian Super Grid“. I would very much recommend to make that proposal part of the agenda. One might even consider getting this done in a first step and take some more time to negotiate the more complex free trade agreement.

Building some power lines between China, Korea and Japan would not cost much and would have great symbolic value for these talks as well.

And if they introduce a right to market access for electricity, that would help getting rid of the outdated monopoly structure of the Japanese market faster.

Also, that would raise the very interesting question if electricity generated from wind in China can take part in the Japanese feed-in tariff system, and if not, if it should be able to.

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003, lenzblog.com).

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