The Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA), comprised of companies in the wind power generation industry, is rapidly gaining new members, following the Japanese government’s announcement of a plan to expand offshore wind power generation. JWPA has received many inquiries from companies since October 2020, when Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide announced the goal of achieving a decarbonized society by 2050. Wind power is garnering much attention, and JWPA membership is expected to reach 500 by the end of 2021.
The JWPA had 428 members as of the end of 2019. Growth in membership was sluggish, reaching only 439 as of September 2020, immediately before Suga’s announcement. Membership as of the end of July 2021 has grown to 478. JWPA Publicity Director Higo Yoshinori said that after Suga’s announcement, “[JWPA] has received many inquiries from component manufacturers and other companies, and membership is growing by the week.” (Abridged)