The Prime Minister of the UK, Theresa May is this week visiting Japan.
Although the continued aggression by North Korea is set to dominate, it is expected that the Mrs May and her counterpart Shinzo Abe will discuss trade between the UK and Japan.
Japan has for years been heeding the calls of leaders in the developing nations by funding fossil fuel projects in some of the world’s poorest countries.
It has been providing the latest coal fired technology to alleviate energy poverty, which improves the lives of the poor and allows developing countries to grow their economies.
This is something that has long been asked for by leaders in the developing world.
This year Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called for a ten-fold increase in power production in sub-Saharan Africa, telling the West that African governments must be allowed to use every available energy source.
Nigeria, where 98 million people are trying to scrape by a living in the dark, has been forthright on the need to use of its own resources.
“We have an existential need for power in this country and we have to do something about it, and we can get power from coal which we have in abundance” Nigeria’s Minerals Minister Dr Kayode Fayemi told reporters in April.
The UK should look at how Japan assists people in the developing world who do not have access to reliable and affordable electricity.
The US is also now looking to utilise modern fossil fuel technology to allow developing countries to progress and build their economies.
It is time for other countries – like the UK – to follow suit.