Japan’s government plans a big push on exports of infrastructure technology, including power-saving equipment. It aims to win orders worth 280 billion dollars next year. That’s up about 30 percent from 2017 in yen terms.
Government officials say they see opportunities in sales of energy conservation devices. They said Japan has some of the world’s leading technology in this field.
In 2017, orders for IT and communications-related infrastructure were the largest at nearly 90 billion dollars.
Energy-related orders, including thermal and geothermal power plants, came in second at more than 40 billion dollars.
However, those industries have become fiercely competitive, so Tokyo is looking for another edge.
The officials say they think they have found it in Japan’s expertise in energy conservation, waste processing and disaster prevention.