The bureaucrats are not on line with the clean road vision of their Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
It seems the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a big vision for clean cars in his country. However the Japanese bureaucrats are not as enthusiastic about the vision. According to Abe the hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles are the ultimate eco car.
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The vison is promising for both Japan’s environment and the domestic auto makers. However Abe’s vision has been put on hold due to the policies of the beaurocrats. One of the problems is the hold on the compact hydrogen fueling station by Honda Motor Corporation.
Japanese regulators are still finalizing after three years of deliberation. The lengthy process is undermining interest from local governments in the stations. The bureaucracy risks holding up Japan’s ambitions to lead in fuel-cell vehicles. Previously Abe pledged to ease rules when he endorsed Toyota’ Mirai sedan.
Naoya Toida is the general manager of Honda’s smart community planning office. According to Toida they are very confused and baffled. The reason is the slowness and difficulty of the regulation review. Toida also commented the regulations seem to be strengthening rather than easing.
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According to Bloomberg, more than a 100 local governments are hesitating to sanction Honda’s Smart Hydrogen Station. According to the Ministry they are aware of criticism of the delay. The Ministry plans to issue the final regulation by March 2016.