(EnergyAsia, June 1 2011, Wednesday) — The full version of this story is available in the June 2011 edition of EnergyAsia Report.

The world’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) and natural gas markets continue to recover faster than expected as surging demand in Asia and Europe help mop up the supply overhang of the previous two years.

Japan has been leading the charge as it turns to LNG for electricity generation with the loss of its nuclear power plant in Fukushima following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. New demand from China, Thailand, South Korea, Latin America and the Middle East is another source of strength.

Further out, Germany and Switzerland will have to look to LNG after announcing major policy shifts to phase out nuclear power in their energy mix.

Germany has taken the most radical position in calling for the closure of all its nuclear plants by 2022. The anti-nuclear lobby will be heartened, so too will those promoting LNG and natural gas as the safest clean energy source.