Published in the Research Journal of Ibaraki Christian Junior College, Vol. 40, (December 2000) pp. 29-132
Energy will perhaps never be as cheap and abundant in Japan as it is today. However, the era of cheap and abundant energy (primarily oil) is drawing slowly to a close. In twenty to thirty years' time it will probably not be possible to rely as we do today on cheap and abundant energy sources to help grow, transport, process, package and prepare food, or to make fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals, or to make, maintain, repair and fuel agricultural machinery. Japan will have to rethink its agricultural policies, and its eating habits. By looking at agricultural and lifestyle statistics over the last 120 years, and at Japan's natural endowments it should be possible to discern what Japan needs to do to carry out the transition (return) to a sustainable way of life around the middle of the 21st century.
Part One: Fossil Fuels and Other Energy Sources
1.1. Japan's Energy Supply
1.2. Oil Resources and Reserves
1.3. The World Oil Production Peak
1.4. Can other sources of energy substitute for oil?
Part 2: Japan's energy, food, and agriculture situation at the beginning of the 21st century
2.1. Japan's Self-Sufficiencies In Energy And Food
Part 3: Summary
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