In October 2020, nine private companies in Japan engaged in the construction and expansion of a hydrogen society announced they would be launching the Japan Hydrogen Association (JH2A) to promote the formation of a hydrogen supply chain and global partnerships in the hydrogen sector. (Earlier post.)
JH2A has now launched, with representatives from the nine original companies—ENEOS Corporation; Iwatani Corporation; Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.; Kobe Steel, Ltd.; MITSUI & CO., Ltd.; Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.; The Kansai Electric Power Company, Inc.; Toshiba Corporation; and Toyota Motor Corporation—being managing board members.
As of 2 December, JH2A had 87 member companies. JH2A has three main working groups:
Commercialization and regulatory. Thie WG will make proposals to the government for the creation of social implementation projects, deregulation, etc.
External relations. This group will collaborate with other related organizations, reinforce collaboration with the Hydrogen Council, and conduct public relations.
Research. This group will conduct research and analysis, disseminate information, and prepare research reports.