On Aug. 31, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced that it will designate on Sept. 2 four harbors as hubs for the development of offshore wind power. This is the first time for MLIT to make such designations. The following four ports will be designated: Akita and Noshiro (both in Akita Prefecture), Kashima (Ibaraki Prefecture), and Kitakyushu (Fukuoka Prefecture). The designation will enable the Japanese government to make long-term leases of piers to vendors for unloading materials necessary to build power plants.
On Sept. 2, Transport Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba will issue an official designation document to local governments that are home to a designated port. The port facility needs to be large and sturdy because heavy machinery is used to construct offshore wind power plants with large windmills. The project spans from construction to post-construction management and so will take a long time. For this reason, the government established a system in 2020 to designate ports to be hubs so that vendors are ensured stable access to the facilities over a time period.