Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) will host “Japan Climate Action Summit 2020 (JCAS2020)” on October 13, 2020.

The deepening of the climate crisis has become clear as seen in forest fires caused by abnormal heat waves, torrential rains and floods occurring frequently all over the world. Green Recovery that  aims to achieve both recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and decarbonization has been underway in each country. JCAS2020 will held as a place to share the global trend of overcoming the COVID-19 crisis and climate crisis, pioneering experiences of Japanese companies and local governments with others, and enhance the efforts of non-state actors toward COP26 to be held in November next year.

We will welcome Nigel Topping, who leads the global campaign “Race to Zero” as the High-Level Champion for Climate Action of COP26, and Dr. Seita Emori from National Institute for Environmental Studies as guest speakers.

This year, participation from all over the country and the world is possible since all programs will be held online. We look forward to your participation.

Please register from the link below.

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Japan Climate Action Summit 2020

Date: 3:00 PM- 6:15 PM JST, Tuesday, 13 October, 2020

Event Type: Online on Zoom

Participation Fee: Free

A registration is needed in advance from the link below (First come, first served)
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Organized by Japan Climate Initiative (JCI)

* Japanese-English simultaneous translation is available.

 

Program

MC: Yuri Okubo, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute

1. Opening Remarks 

Michiyo MORISAWA, Director, CDP Japan

2. Video Message

Corona and Challenges on Climate Crisis (TBD)

 

3. Keynotes- Deepening Climate Crisis and Challenges Japan faces

(1) Deepening Climate Crisis
Seita EMORI, Deputy Director of Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies

(2) Japan’s challenge to decarbonization
Takejiro SUEYOSHI, Representative, Japan Climate Initiative

4.Congratulatory Remarks

Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Financial Services Agency (TBD)

 

5. Special Keynotes  Race to Zero towards COP26

Nigel TOPPING, UK High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26

6. Panel Discussion “Frontier of Climate Action 2020″ (alphabetical order)

Moderator: Masako Konishi, Expert Director, Conservation and Energy, WWF Japan

Kazuhiro INODA, Supervising Director, Global Environment and Energy Policy, Kyoto City

Hiroko ISHII, General Manager, Responsible Investment Dept., The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co, Ltd.

Saori IWANO, Youth For One Earth

Yohko SEKIZAKI, General Manager, Sustainability Department and ESG Promotion Department, MARUI GROUP CO.,LTD.

Teisuke Ted SUZUKI, Chairperson for Odawara Hakone Chamber of Commerce Industry, Executive Vice President for Suzuhiro Kamaboko Co., Ltd.

7. Top Leaders Session (alphabetical order)

Moderator: Hiroko Kuniya, Anchor

Shuichi ABE, Governor of Nagano Prefecture

Kamon IIZUMI, President of the National Governors’ Association, Governor of Tokushima Prefecture

Yuriko KOIKE, Governor of Tokyo (TBD)

Minako SUEMATSU, Chairperson, Publisher and President, The Japan Times, Ltd.

Company CEO (TBD)

 

8. Closing


 

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Handling of Personal Information

 

Speaker Profiles (program order)

 

Yuri Okubo, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute

Yuri Okubo joined the Renewable Energy Institute in 2015 as Climate Change Policy Advisor to develop and implement the Institute’s strategy to promote renewable energy from the climate change policy perspectives.
She started her career working for a NGO (CASA) in Japan and became a research assistant at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich where she was engaged in research projects on climate and sustainable development which were funded by the European Parliament, the German Federal Environment Agency and UK organizations. She joined the Foundation myclimate to set up its Japanese affiliation and support the global network. She obtained a master’s degree in International Relations at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.
At Renewable Energy Institute, she specializes on climate change policies in general and her research focuses on global and domestic coal power business policies and trends. She also takes the lead for joint studies with international organizations.

 

Michiyo MORISAWA, Director, CDP Japan

Michiyo Morisawa is Japan Director of CDP, guiding the initiative since CDP’s global expansion in 2006.
Also, since Principle for Responsible Investment, PRI established the Japan network in 2010, she has expanded its ESG investment as Japan Head of Signatory Relation at PRI.
She has been a member of several committees under the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry. She has experience in international business development of financial services that worked to alleviate the risk of settlement in Citibank and others.
She holds a PhD in Environment from Tokyo University.

 

Seita EMORI, Deputy Director of Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies

Seita Emori was born in Kanagawa in 1970. He joined National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) as Researcher in 1997 after completing his doctorate in the University of Tokyo. He has been working as the Deputy Director of Center for Global Environmental Research since 2018, and as the leader of Social Dialogue and Co-production Office since 2016. His area of specialty is future projections and risk studies of climate change. He is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (AR5) and 6th Assessment Report (AR6).

 

Takejiro SUEYOSHI, Representative, Japan Climate Initiative

After graduating from University of Tokyo, Takejiro Sueyoshi joined the Mitsubishi Bank (the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) in 1967 and worked for the bank until 1998. During his years with Nikko Asset Management as Deputy President, he was appointed as a member of the UNEP FI Steering Committee. In addition to the involvement in the UNEP FI activities in the Asia Pacific Region, he is giving many educational speeches about environmental problems and CSR/SRI in various government councils, seminars, universities and TV programs. Former member of the Council for Japan’s Prime Minister on Climate Change Policy and  a Trustee member of Carbon Disclosure Project. Currently Vice-Chair of Executive Board of Renewable Energy Institute and Chairperson of WWF Japan.
His publications include “Ondanka Kogi (A lecture on Global Warming)” (Toyo Keizai), “Yugai Rensa (Chain of Harmfulness)” (Gentousha), “Green New Deal” (Editor,Kankyou Shinbun), “Saishin CSR Jijyo( The Newest Book on CSR)”(Hokuseido).

 

Nigel TOPPING, UK High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26

Nigel Topping is the UK’s High-Level Climate Action Champion, appointed by the UK Prime Minister in January 2020. Nigel works alongside the Chilean High-Level Climate Action Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz. The role of the high-level champions is to strengthen collaboration and drive action from businesses, investors, organisations, cities, and regions on climate change, and coordinate this work with governments and parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Nigel was most recently CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of businesses working to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Carbon Disclosure Project, following an 18 year career in the private sector, having worked across the world in emerging markets and manufacturing.

 

Masako Konishi, Expert Director, Conservation and Energy, WWF Japan

Dr. Masako Konishi holds Ph.D.in social governance from Hosei University, and MPA focusing on environmental policies from Harvard University.  She engages in UN climate change negotiation since 2005 and has been recognized as one of the experts on climate and energy policies.  She also serves as the Specially Appointed Professor for Showa Women University since 2017.  She is a certified meteorologist with twenty years’ experience as a broadcast journalist, and received the best weather presenter award at International Weather Festival in Paris in 2002.
She is a member of Public Advisory Committees of Ministry of Environment, Tokyo government, and 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Sustainable Committee.  She is the author/co-author of many books, of which the most recent one from Routledge, “Routledge  Handbook of Environmental Journalism, Part IV: Environmental Coverage in Asia and Australia;  25. The status and Future of Environmental Journalism in Japan”.

 

Hiroko ISHII, General Manager, Responsible Investment Dept., The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co, Ltd.

Head of the Responsible Investment Department of the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co, Ltd since 2019. Prior to the Responsible Investment Department, Ishii was the head of Alternative Investment Group in the Equity Investment Dept. Prior to the Equity Investment Dept., Ishii was the head of Domestic Corporate Bond Investment Group in Fixed Income Investment Dept. and has 13 year experiences of credit analysis. Joined Dai-ichi Life in 1993.

 

Kazuhiro Inoda, Supervising Director of Global Environment and Energy, Environment Policy Bureau, Kyoto City Government, Japan

Mr. Kazuhiro Inoda was born in Kyoto City. He started working at Kyoto City Government in 1990 and was inducted the Supervising Director of Global Environment and Energy in 2020. Last year, Kyoto City announced “Net Zero CO2 emissions by 2050” on the occasion of the 49th session of IPCC held in Kyoto. Mr. Inoda is tackling to review ordinance and climate action plan toward achieving the goal.

 

Saori Iwano, Youth For One Earth

Coming soon.

 

Teisuke Ted SUZUKI, Chairperson for Odawara Hakone Chamber of Commerce Industry, Executive Vice President for Suzuhiro Kamaboko Co., Ltd.

Coming soon.

 

Yohko SEKIZAKI, General Manager, Sustainability Department and ESG Promotion Department, MARUI GROUP CO.,LTD.

Joined MARUI Co., Ltd. (now MARUI GROUP) in 1998. After working at a sales store, public relations, women’s shoes buyer, have been service product development officer and card planning in the Financial Sector since 2003. From 2005 to 2017, worked as a full-time officer of the Labor Union (Marui Group Union) and worked as a contact point for labor-management negotiations. In 2017, served as chief manager of Kitasenjyu Marui store and as manager of Nakano Marui since 2018, and has been in current position since April 2019.

 

Hiroko Kuniya, Anchor

Hiroko Kuniya started her carrier in broadcasting as a translator and an announcer of NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corporation)’s Seven O’clock evening News in 1981. From 1989 to 1993, she was assigned as an anchor of “World News” on NHK BS. She hosted “Close-up Gendai”, a daily current affairs program on NHK-TV from 1993 to 2016. She is a Trustee of Tokyo University of the Arts, a Trustee of Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund and a board member of U.S.-Japan Council. In May 2017, she was appointed to UN FAO National Goodwill Ambassadors to Japan and worked as a journalist covering topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Awarded Broadcast Woman Prize in 1998, Kan KIKUCHI Award in 2002, Japan National Press Club Prize in 2011 and Galaxy Special Prize in 2016. She graduated from Brown University, US.

 

Shuichi ABE, Governor of Nagano Prefecture

Coming soon.

 

Kamon Iizumi, President of the National Governors’ Association, Governor of Tokushima Prefecture

Kamon Iizumi graduated from the Faculty of Law at Tokyo University in March 1984 and joined the Ministry of Home Affairs in April of the same year. He served as the head of the Local Public Finance Division of Yamanashi Prefecture and of Saitama Prefecture in 1993 and 1995, respectively. He was appointed various positions such as the Head of the Regional ICT Project Promotion Office in the Communications Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and as the Planning Director for Local Tax in the Policy Planning Division within the Local Tax Bureau at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. From 2001, he served as the Head of the Commerce, Industry and Labour Department and as the Head of the Environment and Citizens’ Affairs Department at the Tokushima Prefectural Government. In May 2003, he was elected as the Governor of Tokushima Prefecture and is currently serving his fifth term in office. He has been acting as chair of the Renewable Energy Council since 2013 and President of the National Governors’ Association since 2019.

Notable Positions
President of the National Governors’ Association
Member of the Governors’ Alliance for Supporting the Future Generation for the Revitalization of Japan
Chair of the Renewable Energy Council

 

Minako Suematsu, Chairperson, Publisher and President, The Japan Times, Ltd.

After coming from Hiroshima and receiving an MA in Humanities from Gakushuin University Graduate School in Tokyo, Minako tested her hands in an internet based startup company.  In 2001, she helped News2u Co.,Ltd. to be established and then in 2017, appointed as the president of News2u Holdings Inc.  Later that year, she became the Chairperson and Publisher of The Japan Times, Ltd. In 2020, appointed as the Chairperson, Publisher and President of the Japan Times.  Minako has finalized the steps of the opening of an European style boarding school In Setouchi “Jinseki International School”,  the first certified elementary boarding school in Japan which opened in April 2020.