Mitsumasa Yamagata
(President, Toyota Motor Corporation Hydrogen Factory)

Since its establishment in 2001, the Fuel Cell Commercialization Conference of Japan (FCCJ) has been promoting efforts towards the practical application and dissemination of stationary fuel cells, fuel cell vehicles, and the hydrogen supply infrastructure necessary for them, based on the consensus of member companies, with the cooperation and support of the government.

As a accomplishment of these efforts, the residential fuel cell "ENE-FARM" has been commercialized ahead of the rest of the world and has grown to exceed 500,000 units in cumulative shipments. Fuel cell vehicles, which were the first to be sold to general users worldwide, have been popularized in Japan with approximately 8,000 units, and the development of commercial hydrogen refueling stations is steadily progressing with about 160 stations established.

Regarding the further development of fuel cells and hydrogen supply infrastructure towards practical use, specific goals, strategies, and action plans for the full-scale dissemination period after 2030 have been presented in the revised Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Strategy Roadmap of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in March 2019. However, there are still many challenges in terms of practical technology and cost outlooks, as well as social environment development such as regulations, legislation and systems, that need to be addressed in order to achieve these goals. Moreover, expectations have grown even higher with the clear indication of the long-term role and direction of hydrogen and fuel cells in the Basic Policy for Achieving the GX and the revised Hydrogen Basic Strategy, which were decided by the Cabinet in February and June in 2023, respectively.

Fuel cells and hydrogen supply infrastructure have overcome various challenges since their development began and have led the world in practical application. In order for this innovative new technology to become a new energy supply and utilization system through our future environmental policy and contribute to the realization of a hydrogen society aimed at carbon neutrality and the enhancement of future industrial competitiveness, further efforts in technology development and expansion are necessary.

FCCJ will continue to promote member companies' efforts to address challenges and encourage cooperation among members, while compiling the consensus of members as policy recommendations and seeking their reflection in government policies and measures, in order to achieve the realization of a hydrogen society through the practical application and dissemination of fuel cells.

We kindly ask for your understanding and support.

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