Updated July 2021

FC Trucks
FC Bus
​FC Forklifts
​FC Cars
Refueling Station
Stationary FC
Current Status 
Target     by 2020
        by 2025
        by 2030
(Alkaline) 4.5 (PEM) 4.9
(Alkaline) 4.3 (PEM) 4.5
5.3 Mil
Hydrogen Roadmap
Latest Steering Committee Meeting Presentation

Initiatives, Programs, and Policies

June 2021

➢ “➢ “Green Growth Strategy Through Achieving Carbon Neutrality in 2050” was Formulated. This strategy is an industrial policy to lead the challenging goal of achieving carbon neutrality (incl. hydrogen technology) by 2050, a vision that is upheld by the Prime Minister Suga administration and aims toward a positive cycle of economic growth and the environmental protection.” was Formulated.

This strategy is an industrial policy to lead the challenging goal of achieving carbon neutrality (incl. hydrogen technology) by 2050, a vision that is upheld by the Prime Minister Suga administration and aims toward a positive cycle of economic growth and the environmental protection.


December 2020

Nothing new to report in this period.


November 2019

The Liquefied H2 carrier ship: the H2 tank has been loaded:

The largest electrolyzer started operation, in the presence of Prime Minister of Japan.

Also a new Toyota Mirai, driven by Prime Minister is shown in the public for the first time:
https://www.meti.go.jp/press/2019/03/20200309003/20200309003.html (in Japanese)

Technology Development Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, September 18, 2019:

  • The strategy stipulates specific approaches to develop technologies to achieve goals set in the Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. In the strategy, ten related priority areas in three fields are identified to promote technological development. The strategy also put emphasis on regular evaluation of the technology development projects, importance of matching user-demand and technological seeds, and enhancing collaboration with overseas countries.

Research and Development

December 2020

A new research and development program to promote innovation of fuel cell technologies and versatile use of fuel cells has been launched. This program is managed by NEDO and the total budget for FY2020 is around 5.25billion yen. 46 projects has been adopted and started from this September.

___________________________________________________________________________ June 2020 Research and Development project for FC has begun in NEDO. The public offering closed March 2020, and the result will be presented in the end of July.

Demonstration, Deployments, and Workforce Developments

December 2020

Nothing new to report in this period.


June 2020

The world’s first international hydrogen supply chain project, with the LH2 carrier ship launched in December 2019.

Opening Ceremony of Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) were held on March 7.

Events and Solicitations

December 2020

Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting Special Event was held on October 14th.

Investments and Funding

June 2021 ➢ We established a large-scale hydrogen supply chain project, for which a budget of ¥300billion ($2.7billion) is planned in order to demonstrate a large-scale hydrogen supply chain using liquefied hydrogen/methylcyclohexane, and large-scale hydrogen power generation systems, with a view to establishing a commercial scale hydrogen supply chain by 2030. ➢ Also, we established a project which had a budget of ¥70billion ($530million) in order to scale up and modularize of electrolysers R&D, to implement leading technologies and to demonstrate decarbonization of basic chemicals and heat demand, with a view to establishing a foundation to hydrogen production using renewable energy in Japan and reducing cost of electrolysers (up to about 1/6 of the current cost). ➢ These above are currently in a process of selecting project implementers ____________________________________________________________________________ December 2020

Nothing new to report in this period.


November 2019 METI decided its Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Budget for FY2019 is JPY 60.2Billion.

Regulations, Codes & Standards, and Safety

December 2020

Related regulation was revised so that self-service hydrogen refuelling stations can be operated under remote monitoring.

___________________________________________________________________________ June 2020 Nothing new to report in this period.


March 2020 ____________________________________________________________________________ November 2020

Reports & Publications

Nothing new to report in this period.

Member Statements

Last updated December 2021 Japanese Statement (PDF); 35th Steering Committee Meeting: Virtual 22 - 25 July 2021 Japanese Statement (PDF); 34th Steering Committee Meeting: Virtual 1 - 4 December 2020 Japanese Statemtent (PDF); 33nd Steering Committee Meeting; Online, 16-19 June 2020 Japanese Statemtent (PDF); 32nd Steering Committee Meeting; Seoul, Republic of Korea; 21-25 October 2019 Japanese Statement (PDF); 31st Steering Committee Meeting; Vienna, Austria; 9 - 12 April 2019 Japanese Statement (PDF); 30th Steering Committee Meeting; Pretoria, South Africa; 4 - 7 December 2018 Japanese Statement (PDF); 29th Steering Committee Meeting; Japan; 8 - 11 May 2018 Japanese Statement (PDF); 28th Steering Committee Meeting; Netherlands; 20 - 23 November 2017 Japanese Statement (PDF); 27th Steering Committee Meeting; Hamburg, Germany; 25 - 28 April 2017 Japanese Statement (PDF); 26th Steering Committee Meeting; Gwangju, Republic of Korea; 1 - 4 November 2016 Japanese Statement (PDF 566KB); 25th Steering Committee Meeting; Berkeley, CA, USA; 17 - 20 May 2016 Japanese Statement (PDF); 23rd Steering Committee Meeting; Wuhan, China; 27-28 May 2015 Japanese Statement (PDF 1.77MB); 22nd Steering Committee Meeting; Rome, Italy; 2-3 December 2014 Japanese Statement (PDF 981KB); 21st Steering Committee Meeting; Oslo, Norway; 19-21 May 2014 Japanese Statement (PDF 935KB); 20th Steering Committee Meeting; City of Fukuoka, Japan; 20-21 November 2013 Japanese Statement (PDF 1.26MB); 19th Steering Committee Meeting; London, United Kingdom; 23-24 May 2013 Japanese Statement (PDF 179KB); 18th Steering Committee Meeting; Seville, Spain; 14 November 2012 Japanese Statement (PDF 930KB); 17th Steering Committee Meeting; Cape Town, South Africa; 3-4 May 2012 Japanese Statement (PDF 4.15MB); 15th Steering Committee Meeting; Vancouver, Canada; May 2011 Japanese Statement (PDF 2.81MB); 13th Joint Meeting of the ILC & SC; Essen, Germany; May 2010 Japanese Statement (PDF 1.25MB); ILC/SC Joint Meeting; Washington, DC; 1-3 December 2009 Japanese Statement Steering Committee Meeting; Sao Paulo, Brazil; 24-25 April 2007 Japanese Statement (PDF 651KB); Steering Committee Meeting; Kyoto, Japan; 14-15 September 2005 Japanese Statement (PDF 425KB) ; Steering Committee Meeting; Paris, France; 26-28 January 2005 Japanese Statement (PDF 10KB); Steering Committee Meeting; Beijing, China; 26-28 May 2004 Japanese Statement (PDF 10KB); Implementation-Liaison Committee; Reisensburg, Germany; 26 February 2004 Ministerial Statement IPHE Inaugural Ministerial Meeting; Washington, D.C.; 20 Nov 2003 Contact: Toshiyuki SHIRAI | shirai-toshiyuki@meti.go.jp ; Kohei FUJIMURA | fujimura-kohei@meti.go.jp