Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) will be holding its annual event “Japan Climate Action Summit (JCAS)” online on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

According to the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report announced by the IPCC, it is unequivocal that human influence has induced global warming. While it was also found that the influence caused by climate change has been becoming more serious, the remaining amount of CO2 that is allowed to be emitted to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 °C is only 400 billion tonnes. Again, we recognize that it is imperative that we take urgent action towards decarbonization.

JCAS2021 will play a role in sharing the efforts and experiences of various non-state actors, including Japanese companies and local governments participating in Race To Zero. Before COP26 to be held in Glasgow, UK in November, it will be an opportunity to increase the momentum of efforts of non-state actors aiming to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 °C.

 

Japan Climate Action Summit 2021

Date: 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM JST, Wednesday, 13 October, 2021
Event Platform: Zoom webinar
Participation Fee: Free
Registration: Please click HERE to register in advance.
Organized by Japan Climate Initiative (JCI)

* Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation is available.

Program  (as of September 14)
MC: Yuri Okubo, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute

Opening Remarks 
Takejiro Sueyoshi, Representative, Japan Climate Initiative

Video Message 
Gonzalo Munoz, UN High Level Climate Champion for COP25

and more

Special Report “Climate Crisis Japan Faces” (tentative)
Masao Ishii, Senior Director for Research Affairs, Meteorological Research Institute

Panel Discussion “Frontier of Climate Action 2021″ (alphabetical order)

– Session 1: Race To Zero
Tomomi Fukumoto, Executive Officer, Division COO, Sustainability Management Division
Toshikazu Hayashi, Chief Analyst, ESG Investment Promotion Department, Nissay Asset Management Corporation
Kenji Ogawa, Senior Director, Climate Change and Energy Division, Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG)
Takashi Oyama, President and CEO, Eco Works Co., Ltd.
Moderator: Yuko Nishida, Senior Manager, Climate Change, Renewable Energy Institute

– Session 2: New challenges of addressing the climate crisis
Kanade Hanamoto, Head of sustainability promotion office, Corporate Communications Division, NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO.,LTD.
Masako Kudou, Vice President, Sustainability Management Department, Administration Division, Shionogi & Co., Ltd.
Chikako Miyata, Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Sustainability, ANA HOLDINGS INC.
Yoshio Tobiyama, General Manager, ESG & SDGs Department, Corporate Strategy Division, Obayashi Corporation
Moderator: Kae Takase, Associate Director, CDP Worldwide-Japan

– Session 3: Multi-sectors aiming for change
Nobuyuki Asai, Executive Director of Soka Gakkai Peace Committee
Chisato Murakami, Chairperson of Committee on Environment, Nippon Association of Consumer Specialists
City of Kyoto (TBC)
Youth For One Earth (TBC)
Moderator: Ken Tanaka, Non-state actor engagement, Climate & Energy Group Officer, WWF Japan

Top Leaders Session (alphabetical order)
Moderator: Hiroko Kuniya, Anchor
Sachihiko Harashina, President, Chiba University of Commerce (CUC) and Emeritus Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech)
Toshikazu Nishimoto, President, Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Akira Sugano, President & CEO, Asset Management One Co., Ltd.
Sandra Wu, Wen-Hsiu, Chairperson and CEO, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.

Closing
Michiyo Morisawa, Director, CDP Worldwide-Japan

 


Speaker Profiles (program order)

 

Yuri Okubo, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute

Yuri Okubo joined the 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.

 

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)

 

Gonzalo Munoz, UN High Level Climate Champion for COP25

Appointed by the Chilean presidency and the United Nations as High Level Climate Champion for the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, to mobilize climate action in non-state actors around the world. Previously, he co-founded and led TriCiclos, one of the most recognized Latin American companies in circular economy and recycling. Inspired by 10 years of running traditional food businesses where he witnessed the waste generated by the private sector, he set out to offer a transformative service that would help the environment while being financially sustainable. Using his entrepreneurial and business knowledge, he redirected his efforts towards the ideals and passion for sustainability and the environment. Today, TriCiclos operates in 13 countries in Latin America, where its mission is to foster new designs and business models for a world without waste. TriCiclos was also the first company to be certified as a B company outside North America. Gonzalo co-founded Sistema B and is a board member of BLab global. He is currently an advisor to the National Water, Green Hydrogen, Electromobility and Circular Economy Committees.

 

Masao Ishii, Senior Director for Research Affairs, Meteorological Research Institute

Masao Ishii joined Meteorological Research Institute of Japan Meteorological Agency in 1989. He was a sea-going oceanographer studying ocean carbon cycle, uptake of anthropogenic CO2 by the ocean and ocean acidification. He served as a co-chair of Biogeochemistry Expert Panel of Global Ocean Observing System supported by Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, WMO etc. strengthening the international coordination of ocean carbon observations (2015-2019). He was also a Lead Author of IPCC WGI 6th Assessment Report (AR6) chapter 5 (2018-2021). His publications include “Ocean warming – changing ocean and the impact of human activities” (Asakura Shoten) and “Ocean Geochemistry” (Kodansha). He holds PhD in Science from Nagoya University.

 

Tomomi Fukumoto, Executive Officer, Division COO, Sustainability Management Division

After graduating from Keio University in March 1981, Tomomi Fukumoto joined Suntory Limited in April the same year. She earned her MBA from Keio Business School in 1989. After working in the Human Resources Department, Public Relations Department, Customer Communication Department, Compliance Promotion Department, and Suntory Hall as Executive Director, she was appointed executive officer in 2015. Currently, as Division COO of Sustainability Management Division, she is involved in tasks related to sustainability.

 

Toshikazu Hayashi, Chief Analyst, ESG Investment Promotion Department, Nissay Asset Management Corporation

Toshikazu Hayashi is Chief Analyst at Nissay Asset Management, where he is in charge of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) related research and ESG integration for invest management process. Prior to joining Nissay Asset Management, he worked for the Japan Research Institute as ESG analyst, and also worked for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. He holds two Masters’ degrees, one in Technology Policy from Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, and the other in Economics with distinction from the University of Edinburgh. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Kyoto University.

 

Kenji Ogawa, Senior Director, Climate Change and Energy Division, Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG)

Kenji Ogawa joined Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) in 1987. Since 2000, he has been involved in environmental administration in Tokyo, especially for climate change. He has been in his current position since 2017, and now he is in charge of the operation and supervision of Tokyo’s carbon policy for buildings and renewable energy policies. He played the critical role on several policy programs in Tokyo, including the creation of Tokyo Carbon Reduction Reporting Program for SMEs, the operation of Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program and Tokyo Green Building Program for new buildings, the promotion of hydrogen energy use and development of renewable power policy.

 

Takashi Oyama, President and CEO, Eco Works Co., Ltd.

 

 

Yuko Nishida, Senior Manager, Climate Change, Renewable Energy Institute

Yuko Nishida joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2017. She specializes in policy making of sustainable development in cities, sustainable architecture and urban planning. Before joining the Institute, she worked for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on climate policies and international environmental cooperation projects. She has collaborated with C40 cities, the global network of mega-cities committed to addressing climate change, and was responsible for compiling the publication of “Urban Efficiency,” a series of case studies on energy-saving measures for urban constructions. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Waseda University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
At Renewable Energy Institute, she is responsible for medium to long-term strategy development and provides support for energy transition projects in the building sector as well as climate change measures for non-state actors such as local governments and the business sector.

 

Kanade Hanamoto, Head of sustainability promotion office, Corporate Communications Division, NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO.,LTD.

After joining NISSIN FOODS, Kanade Hanamoto worked for the advertising, corporate communication, and marketing department.
In the advertising department, she had been responsible for product brands and long involved in the planning and production of advertising strategies and media planning for group companies.
Since March 2020, she works as the head of the sustainability promotion office of the corporate communication division. To improve corporate value, she promotes and disseminates the sustainability activities of the NISSIN FOODS Group, including the NISSIN’s environmental strategy “EARTH FOOD CHALLENGE 2030”.

 

Masako Kudou, Vice President, Sustainability Management Department, Administration Division, Shionogi & Co., Ltd.

 

 

Chikako Miyata, Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Sustainability, ANA HOLDINGS INC.

January, 1986 Joined ANA, Passenger Services
March, 1986 Cabin Attendant Administration 1, Inflight Services, Osaka Airport Office
June, 1989 Cabin Attendant Administration 1, Inflight Services, Osaka Airport Office, Sales & Marketing
June, 1991 Cabin Attendant Administration 1, Inflight Services, Osaka Airport Office
October, 1992 Assistant Supervisor, Cabin Attendant Administration 1, Inflight Services, Osaka Airport Office
June, 1994 Assistant Supervisor, Cabin Attendant Administration, Inflight Services, Osaka Airport Office
October, 1995 Group Supervisor, Cabin Attendant Administration, Inflight Services, Osaka Airport Office
April, 1999 Assistant Manager, Cabin Attendant Administration, Inflight Services, Osaka Airport Office
April, 2001 Team Coordinator, Cabin Attendant Administration, Inflight Services, Osaka Airport Office
October, 2002 Staff Advisor, Quality Planning, Service Quality Support Promotion, Inflight Services
April, 2004 Manager, Quality Planning, Service Quality Support Promotion, Inflight Services
April, 2005 Manager, Operation Services, Inflight Services
April, 2007 Manager, Risk Management, CSR Promotion
November, 2009 Manager, Risk Management, CSR Promotion
Structural Reform Promotion Committee
January, 2010 Manager, Risk Management, CSR Promotion
April, 2010 Manager, CSR Promotion
June, 2011 Skynet Asia Airways Co., Ltd.
April, 2013 Senior Manager, Quality Control, Product Strategy, CS & Products and Services
April, 2014 Senior Manager, Administration, Product Strategy, CS & Products and Services
Manager, Safety Management, Safety Promotion, Safety Promotion Center
July, 2015 Director, CSR Promotion, Group General Administration & CSR, CC, ANA HOLDINGS INC.
Director, CSR Promotion, General Administration & CSR

 

Yoshio Tobiyama, General Manager, ESG & SDGs Department, Corporate Strategy Division, Obayashi Corporation

 

 

Kae Takase, Associate Director, CDP Worldwide-Japan

Kae Takase received her Ph. D in environmental studies from graduate school of frontier science, University of Tokyo. She was an economist at Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, and her specialty was econometric modeling of energy supply and demand, and renewable policy. She has worked at Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, Center for Low Carbon Society Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency, and University of Tokyo, and also a senior manager at the CDP Japan. She has been successful in engaging Japanese companies to join Science-based Target (SBT) initiative, and in engaging government to consider better corporate renewable sourcing environment, as a technical partner of RE100.

 

Nobuyuki Asai, Executive Director of Soka Gakkai Peace Committee

Nobuyuki Asai serves as executive director of the Soka Gakkai Peace Committee and director for sustainable development and humanitarian affairs for Soka Gakkai International (SGI).
He has worked in the Tokyo headquarters of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist association since 1999 and joined the peace committee in 2011. He served as chair of Soka Gakkai’s Youth Peace Conference until 2019, covering global issues including nuclear disarmament, humanitarian affairs and the SDGs.
Nobuyuki is a member of several civil society networks and is a board member of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities and chair of the disaster unit of the Japan Civil Society Network on the SDGs.
He was born in Miyagi Prefecture in 1976. He graduated from Tokyo University with a Bachelor of Law degree.

 

Chisato Murakami, Chairperson of Committee on Environment, Nippon Association of Consumer Specialists

Chisato Murakami joined IBM Japan Ltd. in 1987, and moved to Nippon Ecology Network (an environmental NGO) in 1992. As an NGO staff member, she was involved in the establishment of the Global Environment Outreach Centre, set up by the Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations University.
In 2003, she was appointed as the Executive Director of Japan Council on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD-J), and she served as the Deputy Director for the establishment of the ESD Resource Center from 2016. She has held her current position since 2019. She has been working as a facilitator of “”Energy Workshop for Youth”” and “” Citizen’s Meeting for Decarbonizing Kawasaki “” at the Institute for Dialogue of Environmental Policy. She holds a Master’s degree of Social Design from Rikkyo University. She is a member of the Strategic Policy Committee of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy.

 

Ken Tanaka, Non-state actor engagement, Climate & Energy Group Officer, WWF Japan

Ken Tanaka works for WWF Japan and serves as the secretariat of the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) that is co-organized with CDP Japan and Renewable Energy Institute. Before joining WWF-Japan, he worked the Fukuoka Prefectural Government and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in environmental conservation, especially in waste management and recycling including the work supporting the Japanese companies to develop overseas recycling businesses. After that, he worked as a science communicator at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, and he was actively involved in a diverse of projects cooperating with overseas museums, businesses, research institutions etc. He holds a Master of Science in chemistry from Kyushu University.

 

Hiroko Kuniya, Anchor

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, Project Professor at Keio University Graduate School, FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for Japan, Board Member of Renewable Energy Institute 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.

 

Sachihiko Harashina, President, Chiba University of Commerce (CUC) and Emeritus Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech)

He graduated from Tokyo Tech in 1969 and received Ph.D. in 1975. After working at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, he was back to Tokyo Tech in 1983 as Associate Professor and became Professor in 1995, then served as Dean of the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering. After retirement of Tokyo Tech in 2012, he moved to CUC as Professor and became President in 2017. His field is environmental planning and policy making with background of social technology. He has been contributed to create EIA systems in Japan and Japanese international cooperation organizations such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Japan Bank of International Cooperation. After moving to CUC, he made it as the first RE100 University in Japan in 2019 and established the Renewable Energy University League of Japan in 2021. He was President of the Japan Association for Planning Administration, 2008-2011. He was on the Board of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) for six years and became the President in 2009. He won the Rose-Hulman Award, the premier award of IAIA. He had been on the International Advisory Board of Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 1985-2008. He published many journal articles and books in the field of environmental planning and policy making, environmental impact assessment, and consensus building.

 

Toshikazu Nishimoto, President, Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

B.E. in Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University in March 1984.
Joined Tokyo Steel in April 1984.
Assistant-General Manager of Steel Making Dept., Okayama Plant in April 1998.
General Manager of Steel Making Dept. and Rolling Dept., Okayama Plant in October 1999.
General Manager of Rolling Dept., Okayama Plant in June 2001.
Chief Officer of Takamatsu Plant in November 2004.
President in June 2006.

 

Akira Sugano, President & CEO, Asset Management One Co., Ltd.

Akira Sugano is President and Chief Executive Officer of Asset Management One. Mr. Sugano also serves as Director of The Investment Trusts Association, Japan.
Prior to joining Asset Management One, Mr. Sugano was Deputy President and Executive Officer at Mizuho Financial Group as the Head of Global Corporate Company. Mr. Sugano has over 38 years of extensive financial experiences and he has engaged in asset management business and developing global business strategies.
He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Tokyo.

 

Sandra Wu, Wen-Hsiu, Chairperson and CEO, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.

Sandra Wu is the Chairperson and CEO of Kokusai Kogyo, member of the United Nations Global Compact Board, board member of Global Compact Network Japan, and member of the Advisory Committee on National Resilience (Disaster Reduction and Mitigation) to the Cabinet Secretariat.
She is Chair of the Board of Councilors at Shizenkan Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation, and Visiting Professor at IRIDeS, Tohoku University.
Sandra co-founded Japan Asia Group and was its Director until 2021. She was Chair of UN Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)’s private sector stakeholder group from 2013 to 2015, and board member of its private sector initiative, ARISE, from 2015 to 2020. With the World Economic Forum, she was Co-Chair of the Infrastructure and Urban Development (I&U) Industry Group in 2017.
Sandra is a graduate from the Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University and the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School.

 

Michiyo Morisawa, Director, CDP Worldwide-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.