Japan Takes the Lead in Establishing a National LENR Research Program

I think that the release of the Brief Summary Report titled “Phenomenology and Controllability of New Exothermic Reaction between Metal and Hydrogen” by the Japanese research team is highly significant for the LENR field.

One of the researchers in the group, Akito Takahashi has added an update on Researchgate about the program.

“Leading the Japanese Gvt NEDO project on anomalous heat effect of nano-metal and hydrogen gas interaction. Goal: To confirm non-chemical (namely nuclear origin-like) high energy-density heat genration by nano-metal and hydrogen gas inetraction at elevated temperature and to extend R&D program for new hydrogen energy devices.”

NEDO is the Japanese government’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, established in 1980 to promote the development of new energy technologies.

The following comes from the NEDO website:

NEDO’s Missions

NEDO plays an important part in Japan’s economic and industrial policies as one of the largest public research and development management organizations. It has two basic missions: addressing energy and global environmental problems, and enhancing industrial technology.

■ Addressing energy and global environmental problems

NEDO actively undertakes the development of new energy (e.g., photovoltaic, wind power, biomass and waste, geothermal power, thermal utilization, and fuel cells) and energy conservation technologies. It also conducts research to verify technical results. Through these efforts, NEDO promotes greater utilization of new energy and improved energy conservation. NEDO also contributes to a stable energy supply and the resolution of global environmental problems by promoting the demonstration of new energy, energy conservation, and environmental technologies abroad based on knowledge obtained from domestic projects.

■ Enhancing industrial technology

With the aim of raising the level of industrial technology, NEDO pursues research and development of advanced new technology. Drawing on its considerable management know-how, NEDO carries out projects to explore future technology seeds as well as mid- to long-term projects that form the basis of industrial development. It also supports research related to practical application.

One thing that is interesting is that nowhere in the Brief Summary that was released, is the term LENR used. They talk about a “new exothermic reaction between nano-metals and hydrogen” (which is what LENR is all about), but the “n” word is conspicuously absent.

Regardless of the terms used, it seems to me that it is clear now that the Japanese government, through NEDO, is now sponsoring a serious LENR research program. They have some of the nation’s top universities involved, as well as the auto giant Nissan Motors, and according the report issues, they are encouraged by their results and are already looking ahead to how they can implement this technology. From the report:

Information survey in over sea USA and European countries has been done. Trends of research studies was picked up by participating international meetings as ICCF20 (the 20th International Conference of Condensed Matter Nuclear Science) Sendai 2016 and IWAHLM12 (the 12th International Workshop for Anomalies in Hydrogen Loaded Metals) Italy 2017. Survey of Russian activity was done by Nissan Motors Co. Activity in this field is now growing up worldwide. H(D)-gas loading method is now the major experimental approach in the world. However research grades in over sea groups at present do not look so high as providing highly accurate excess heat data with good reproducibility. Our progress in this MHE project seems going much ahead in the world.

Foreseeing the industrial applicability, road-map study was made by our joint-team to draw the realization of industrial devices in 5-10 years later. Direct usage devices of excess heat for warming EV cars and family rooms as well as electric power devices with thermos-electric conversion systems are looked for realization in 10-20 years later.

In other words, the Japanese team thinks that after looking at the state of research in the LENR field, that their own program is superior to others out there, and they see their progress as being significant. For decades now people have been discouraged by the lack of resources being put behind LENR research. It appears that Japan is now taking LENR very seriously and has taken the lead in establishing a national research program. Japan has a strong track record in technological development, and the fact that are already in the planning stages for LENR industrialization and commercialization could be a very significant development in the field. No doubt other countries and organizations will begin to take notice, spurring competition and further research.

  • LION

    2018 is going to be a ZINGER, watch LENR fly. This is all very good news at the start of the New Year. It is certain funding will become easier to come by if Japan leads the way.

    • LION
    • Husky

      LION how is your own research going?

      • LION

        Hi Husky,
        see BOB’S answer here:

        Bob Greenyer Jas • 20 hours ago

        We are waiting first on the NOVA basic to be finalised and tested before being delivered.

        On my weekend trip to Germany, the group hosting the Hutchison lab say they may be able to help with producing the HV for Peery discharge. They also have the pulse generators so that we can save funds if we take that route.

        Yesterday, the MFMP had first major group call of the year, Alan has been tasked with developing the Peery core chamber based on his patent. We can use the Stoyan SARG built Tesla tech based generator in Hutchison replication attempts. All will be considering the best path to take advantages of the opportunities this year.

        I am meeting with a Austrian group tomorrow that we hope can engineer modified MW resonators for the Super NOVA.

        I have a call to make with Dr. Egely and work out schedules.

        Myself, I have to try to get access to CEITEC and get trained up on the analysis tools there and find a way to make working on this for another several years work with respect to my family responsibilities, the intention was to do a Youtube channel and ask for Patreon monthly contributions as little as $1. I am so happy with what we learnt last year and really want to push the envelope this year and have the means and freedom to do continuous research.

        Later in the month/next month we hope to assist LION replication and analysis and I will be hosting a plasma physics lecturer from London Imperial College.

        Alan believes his Hydrogen lab is safe now and Bob Higgins is working on important paper.

      • Bob Greenyer

        Hi Husky, I hope to find time next week to finish and publish an Interim report on the LION reactor as a prelude to the up and coming replication. I’d also like to see if we can capture strange radiation live during the experiment.

        • invient

          Hey Bob, I don’t know of a better way to contact you so just want to make you aware of this this video, seems up your alley.


          • Bob Greenyer

            Thanks – it is nice to be living in a time when many people are not just accepting the structures and limitations we have been convinced bind our possibilities.

    • roseland67


      Kinda sound like Cub fans

    • Bob Matulis

      At this point I don’t mind what they call it. As long as they keep developing viable energy technologies good will come from it. As noted by many readers Japan has an enormous need for a domestic energy supply. If the tech the are experimenting with addresses that energy need, no amount of pressure from OPEC etc will dissuade them from pursuing their national interest.

  • LION

    Personally I enjoy Alan Smith’s Pithy Humour: see this example,

    I will tell Takahashi. I expect he will be devastated.



    for full conversation reference.

    • Oystein Lande

      But he did not catch epimetheus irony 😂

      I did….a bucket of oil evaporating over night, haha

  • Gerard McEk

    Good te read that they have listened to me ;-). See my comment here:
    I love the fact that the LENR commercialization gets some competition. That may drive the LENR technology to the market more quickly, finally!

  • PhysicsForDummies

    Frank, maybe you should rename this site LENR World and concentrate on real research like this. Rossi destroyed what little credibility he had left with the 1 ohm resistor test.

    • Frank Acland

      We’ll continue to cover all fronts.

      • Bruce Williams

        Good Frank , I support you in this.

  • Anyone who knows more about the collaboration project between Clean Planet and Tohoku University in Japan, that was announced in March 2015? Seems to be no connection with the recent Japanese paper, except for Yasuhiro Iwamura and Jirohta Kasagi at Tohoku. Also the funding research program—the ImPACT Program—seems to be different from NEDO.

  • Charles Davis

    It sounds to me that NEDO is delusional!

  • mcloki

    I’m sure the Japanese have other reasons for not mentioning nuclear in any research they want to do. Recent and past history that Japan and Nuclear have issues.

    • … to put it mildly …

    • Omega Z

      Not so much.

      Japan has all the technological abilities and knowledge to produce an armed ICBM within a year if they so choose. South Korea about 2 years. Because of Fat boy, conversations of such are becoming a thing for half a dozen different countries.

  • hunfgerh

    Technically feasible – Politically not?

    For more than 25 years it has been discussed worldwide whether a fusion of hydrogen isotopes on the kitchen table is possible. Many questions, such as: where does the initial energy come from, which reaction products are formed, how looks a reactor for the practice, which ensures all factors of safety; Till now, they do not seem to be answered, or only vaguely answered. Is the so-called “cold fusion” therefore only a wish.

    For every normal-thinking person, the question inevitably arises as to which previously unknown component is
    necessary to transform the wish into reality.

    To this end, I would like to introduce an article that has already been published in parts in ECW. An extended version can be read here


    The central point of this article is a novel combination of materials that answers all the questions posed by A – Z.

    The technique for implementing such a “kitchen table fusion” thus appears quite simple. An insurmountable obstacle on this path, however, is the policy in certain countries.

  • Albert D. Kallal

    This is great news. Remember, Japan is near the top in terms of basic research, engineering, and
    has industry to back this quest.

    What LENR always needed is firms that can bring to bear great research, and great engineering
    working together.

    Japan also has one of the highest average IQ’s. So they are a real powerhouse in these types of endeavours.

    I also suspect Japan sees this as a way to jump start, or return their economy back to former glory
    days. So the grand days of Sony, and the spectacular rise of their auto industry and the electronics industry are such examples of their success. I think Japan views LENR as a means to boast their economy.

    With the rise of china, Korea and several others, then Japan is increasingly are finding it hard
    to pick technologies winners and ALSO ride the technology wave in terms of making money. So this past model of success is being challenged.

    All in all regardless of their national view and strategy for their economy, their first
    rate engineering and research ability as a nation is something that LENR sorely
    needs, and I can’t think of a much better country to work on this problem then

    Albert D. Kallal
    Edmonton, Alberta Canada