Energy Transitions in Japan and China

Mine Closures, Rail Developments, and Energy Narratives

Authors: Lim, Tai Wei

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  • Frames contemporary debates about fossil fuels and climate change in China in economic and historical terms
  • Offers historical context on logistical networks, industrial development, and energy use to scholars of China as well as to policymakers
  • Investigates the ways that domestic Chinese logistics networks interact with global energy markets
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This volume focuses on the topic of energy transitions in the coal mining industries of China and Japan by adopting a Sino-Japanese comparative approach in area studies to examine the experiences between the two major East Asian economies. In China, rapid industrialization led to dramatic growth in energy demand and much of this energy demand was fueled by affordable coal energy. With growing social concerns about the environment and an increasingly vocal middle class in contemporary China, the authorities and state-owned enterprises are studying the use of coal fuels for its future development. In Japan, coal was also an affordable main source of energy for Japan’s early post-war heavy industrialization until it was gradually replaced by oil in the 1960s. The oil shocks of the 1970s compelled Japan to look for cleaner and cheaper fuels, including nuclear power. In these energy transitions from coal to oil and then onto non-fossil fuels, the story of coal power in both countries is highlighted in this publication as a comparative study. This volume is a crucial contribution to the discussion of China's energy reforms, and required reading for scholars of climate change and society.

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Lim Tai Wei is Senior Lecturer at SIM University, Singapore where he teaches World History, and Adjunct Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore, East Asian Institute where he specializes in Sino-Japanese Relations. He teaches summer courses on contemporary history of Japan at Waseda University Tokyo.  

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Coal Energy in Japan and China: Mine Closures, Rail Developments and Post-311 Energy Narratives

    Pages 3-12

    Lim, Tai Wei

  • Connecting Macro-Regions in the 1930s to the 1960s: A Comparative Historical Survey of the Role of Railway Technology in Coal Delivery in Japan and Northeast China

    Pages 13-48

    Lim, Tai Wei

  • A Survey of Modern and Contemporary China’s Coal Railway Development

    Pages 49-76

    Lim, Tai Wei

  • The Historical Development of Shanxi’s Coal Industry as a Case Study

    Pages 77-97

    Lim, Tai Wei

  • Coal Use and Transportation in Contemporary China

    Pages 99-127

    Lim, Tai Wei

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Hardcover 124,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Energy Transitions in Japan and China
Book Subtitle
Mine Closures, Rail Developments, and Energy Narratives
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-1681-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-1681-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-1680-6
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-9419-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 242
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour
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