Japan is a country that, despite still using the energy from nuclear fission, is also strongly investing in cold fusion research, having focused on this sector well before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
In the past, Japan scientists showed that cold fusion is a real physical phenomenon. Yoshiaki Arata (Physics professor at University of Osaka, now retired), a former hot-fusionist, was a highly respected cold fusion pioneer in this country, opening the way to others.
So, it is not a surprise to find today, in the program of JCF-15, scientific contributes coming from big companies focusing on high technology, like Mitsubishi (Iwamura et al.) and Technova Inc. (Takahashi, Kitamura et al.), but also from smaller realities such as Hydrogen Eng A&D Co. (Mizuno et al.), as well as researches from Universities and other institutions.
Looking at the abstracts, who is interested in trying to replicate an E-Cat could find intriguing the study presented by Kitamura: “Comparison of some Ni-based Nano-composite Samples with respect to Excess Heat Evolution under Exposure to Hydrogen Isotope Gas” (see below).
Also the contribute by Takahashi, “Is Gamma-Less Transmutation Possible?”, sounds interesting.
My sensation, however, is that in Japan the CF research is still very far from practical applications.
UPDATE! – A summary of the interesting presentation by Kitamura et al. (click for enlarge). If you are interested, you can download the full document directly from here.