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– Non-State Actors co-create and collaborate to further accelerate decarbonization to achieve the 1.5°C target.
The Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) will hold the Japan Climate Action Summit (JCAS) 2023 on Friday, October 6, 2023.
As indicated in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Synthesis Report, a 65% reduction in global CO2 emissions by 2035 is required to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5°C. To achieve this goal, each country must accelerate reductions by raising its targets and also strengthening reduction measures toward 2030.
JCAS2023 aims to build momentum for climate action in Japan, accelerate concrete actions by all actors, and provide a push to strengthen the Japanese government’s reduction targets and climate policies to be consistent with the 1.5°C target that the world is aiming for.
– A variety of speakers from Japan and abroad will take the stage.
In the summit, opening remarks will be given by Her Excellency Ms. Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for the UAE, COP28. As keynotes, Martin Skancke, Board Chair, PRI and Mark Porter, Vice President of the Clean Energy Buyers Association, will provide an international perspective respectively on the role of finance in combating climate change and on the current climate crisis and the potential of renewable energy.
In addition, there are two panel sessions on “Acceleration of Decarbonization” and “Co-Creation & Cooperation in Decarbonization”, and a top leadership session with top executives from corporations and a university. These sessions will feature a variety of speakers from JCI member organizations, who will share the forefront of efforts by non-state actors in Japan to achieve steady emission reductions consistent with the 1.5°C target.
– Online communication tool makes your JCAS experience participatory. You can enjoy sessions online while joining in person.
Each session will introduce an online communication tool. You will be invited to participate in the sessions through the questionnaire while joining in person.
This year, for the first time in four years, a reception will be held at the venue after the Summit. Please come to the venue where you can connect with people from various sectors to share problems and ideas with each others.
Japan Climate Action Summit 2023
Date: 2:00PM- 6:00PM JST, Friday, 6 October, 2023
Options to participate: onsite at the venue or online through a Zoom webinar.
*Ricoh Real Time Communication will be used as an online communication tool during the session.
Participation Fee: Free
Place: Roppongi Academyhills Tower Hall
Address: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6149
Interpretation: Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation
Organized by Japan Climate Initiative (JCI）
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Program (as of 22 September)
MC: Yuri Okubo, Senior Climate Engagement Strategist, Renewable Energy Institute
Takejiro Sueyoshi, Co-Representative, Japan Climate Initiative
Michael R. Bloomberg, U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg LP, 108th Mayor of New York City
Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for the UAE, COP28
Martin Skancke, Independent Chair, PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment)
Mark Porter, Vice President, Clean Energy Buyers Association
Panel Discussion “Frontier of Climate Action 2023″ (alphabetical order)
– Session 1: Acceleration of Decarbonization
Ichiro Aoyagi, SVP, Head of Solution Service Strategic Unit, Global Business Solution Business Group, Fujitsu Limited
Nobuyoshi Esaki, President, Tottori University of Environmental Studies
Mikako Suzuki, Corporate Officer, in charge of ESG and Risk Management, Ricoh Co., Ltd.
Masakatsu Takahashi, Vice President, ESG Global Action Promotion, ESG Division, Kao Corporation
Moderator: Emi Matsukawa, Lead of Sales & Marketing and Partnerships, CDP Worldwide-Japan
– Session 2: Co-Creation & Cooperation in Decarbonization
Kazuaki Iwamoto, Corporate Officer, Division General Manager, Mobility Business Division, MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION
Mana Saza, Director, SWiTCH Association of Sustainability
Hidehiko Sogano, Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. Director, Managing Executive Officer, CSuO
Takashi Togi, Assistant Chief, Carbon Neutral Promotion Project Headquarters, Hamamatsu City
Moderator: Ken Tanaka, Climate & Energy Group Officer (Non-state actor engagement), WWF Japan
Top Leaders Session (alphabetical order)
Sachihiko Harashina, President, Chiba University of Commerce
Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto City
Tetsuo Ohkawa, CEO, Ohkawa Printing Co., Ltd.
Hiroshi Ozeki, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissay Asset Management Corporation CMA
Teisuke Ted Suzuki, Founder and President, Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Business and Energy Future / Chairperson for Odawara Hakone Chamber of Commerce Industry
Sandra Wu, Wen-Hsiu, Chairperson and CEO, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Moderator: Hiroko Kuniya, Journalist
Call to Action / Closing
Sergio Shigeo Kato, JCI Co-Representative
Networking Reception after closing the summit
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||Yuri Okubo, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute
Yuri Okubo joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2015 and specializes in developing stakeholder engagement and communication strategies, especially in the areas of coal and steel industry.
She started her career working for a local NGO in Japan and became an assistant researcher at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich, where she was engaged in projects on climate finance and sustainable development in developing countries, which were funded by the European Parliament, the German Federal Environment Agency and UK-based organizations. She joined the myclimate foundation in Switzerland to set up its Japanese affiliation and support the development of a global network.
She follows domestic coal-fired power policies and related global trends and has analyzed and authored reports including the business risk of new coal-fired power in Japan and coal phase-out in line with the Paris Agreement. Alongside working closely with international partners, she supports Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) to coordinate climate action messaging and events with non-state actors.
She obtained a master’s degree in International Relations at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.
||Takejiro Sueyoshi, Co-Representative, Japan Climate Initiative
After graduating from University of Tokyo, Takejiro Sueyoshi joined the Mitsubishi Bank (MUFG Bank, Ltd.) 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)
||Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for the UAE, COP28
Razan Al Mubarak is a United Arab Emirates native who, for over twenty years, has played a vital role in guiding her country towards a more sustainable future while spearheading progressive environmental protection and species conservation across West Asia and globally.
Razan Al Mubarak was elected President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for a four-year term beginning in September 2021. She is the second woman to lead the organization in its 75-year history and its first president from West Asia.
In 2010 she was appointed managing director of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), becoming the youngest person to lead an Abu Dhabi government entity and one of the only women to hold such a position. Under her guidance and leadership, the government agreed to double its protected wildlife areas and adopt the region’s first carbon targets.
Razan Al Mubarak is the founding director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, helping to build the organization into one of the world’s most significant philanthropic foundations supporting direct species conservation. Since its inception the MBZ Fund has supported more than 2,500 species conservation projects in over 160 countries, bringing many species back from the brink of extinction.
Razan Al Mubarak holds an MSc in Public Understanding of Environmental Change from the University College London, UK and a BA (Hons) in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA.
||Martin Skancke, Independent Chair, PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment)
Martin Skancke was appointed Chair of the PRI Board in April 2014. Martin was re-elected in 2017 for a second term and in 2020 for the final three-year term ending in December 2023.
He is a member of the Financial Stability Board Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). He serves as board member of several institutions in the financial sector.
He developed and headed the Asset Management Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, which is responsible for the management of the Government Pension Fund, with assets of around US$1 trillion.
He served as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Public & Institutional Investors Industry Agenda Council throughout 2010 and 2011 and was the Norwegian representative in the drafting of the Santiago Principles for Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and in the International Forum of SWFs.
Martin served as Director General to the Norwegian Prime Minister and head of the Domestic Policy Department between 2002 and 2006. In this role, he was chief advisor to the Prime Minister of Norway on economic policy issues. Prior to this he worked for more than a decade on macroeconomic policy issues, including serving as Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Finance and head of the Section for Monetary Policy and Public Finances.
Martin has also worked at the Oslo office of McKinsey&Co, advising Norwegian and international companies on business strategy issues.
||Mark Porter, Vice President, Clean Energy Buyers Association
Mark leads CEBA’s work to accelerate voluntary procurement of clean energy, which covers a broad range of areas including activation through developing new and enabling existing procurement options, supporting broader impact through procurement, education and training, market insights, and accelerating supply chain sustainability.
Mark started working in renewable energy in March 2007 with Ernst & Young’s (EY) Project Finance and M&A group in the UK where Mark worked across Europe and latterly in Canada and North America. In March 2016, Mark joined RMI’s Business Renewables Center and worked to develop resources accelerating corporate transactions of renewable energy and has continued this work into CEBA, in the US and worldwide.
||Ichiro Aoyagi, SVP, Head of Solution Service Strategic Unit, Global Business Solution Business Group, Fujitsu Limited
Enthusiastic in brining innovation to the society, Ichiro held various positions in leading new business development in Fujitsu such as IoT, data and Sustainability Transformation.
Ichiro is also an expert in the international business. Throughout his career he worked for global position dealing with different cultures and business environments including his five years France; he also spent two years in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan where he negotiated for Economic Partnership Agreement with ASEAN countries.
Ichiro has an MBA from Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
||Nobuyoshi Esaki, President, Tottori University of Environmental Studies
Nobuyoshi Ezaki was born in 1949. He graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University, and received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University. After studying at the Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he became Associate Professor and Professor at the Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, before becoming Director of the Institute in 2005, Executive Director and Vice President of Kyoto University in 2008, and Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University in 2014. He specializes in applied microbiology and enzyme chemistry, and was awarded the Humboldt Research Award in Germany (2009). In 2018, he was appointed Chairman and President of Tottori University of Environmental Studies. In his first year in this position, he declared his commitment to the SDGs, which is in line with the basic philosophy of the university. He has achieved results in all areas of education, research, and social contribution by enhancing activities in both education and research, as well as collaboration with the local community and students working to solve problems in business enterprises.
||Mikako Suzuki, Corporate Officer, in charge of ESG and Risk Management, Ricoh Co., Ltd.
April 1982 Entered Ricoh Co., Ltd.
April 2009 Executive Officer, General Manager of Marketing Division of Ricoh Tohoku Co., Ltd.
October 2015 Miyagi branch office president, Ricoh Japan Co., Ltd.
April 2017 Executive Officer, Ricoh Japan Co., Ltd.
April 2019 Corporate Associate Vice President,
General Manager of Sustainability Management Division, Ricoh Co., Ltd.
April 2020 Corporate Vice President,
General Manager of Sustainability Management Division, Ricoh Co., Ltd.
April 2021 Corporate Officer, in charge of ESG and Risk Management, Ricoh Co., Ltd.
||Masakatsu Takahashi, Vice President, ESG Global Action Promotion, ESG Division, Kao Corporation
Born in Osaka in 1966. Graduated from the Graduate School of Science, Osaka City University and joined Kao Corporation in 1991. Engaged mainly in the development of surfactants at the Material Development Laboratory and the Material Science Laboratory. During this period, he studied at the Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University for two years in order to introduce catalytic aerobic oxidation reaction technology, and applied it to the new production of surfactants. In 2015, he was transferred to R&D Division, Kao Chemicals Europe. After serving as director of the institute, he was transferred to the ESG Global Action Promotion Department in September 2020, and assumed his current position in January 2021. The company is focusing on the promotion of a wide range of ESG activities, including initiatives in environment, human rights activities.
||Mana Saza, Director, SWiTCH Association of Sustainability
Born in 1995. BSc from University of British Columbia, Canada. Graduated from the University College London, MSc Sustainable Development. Served as Global Ambassador to Mock COP26 that put together 18 policy proposals to COP26 with environmental youth activists from 140 countries. Mock COP successfully started the “Education Ministers Summit” with UNESCO, UNICEF, the UK and the Italian Government to push for climate education in over 20+ countries at COP26. Participated as Japanese youth representative to COP26, 2021. Established SWiTCH Association of Sustainability the same year. Currently working to raise 1 million sustainability ambassadors towards EXPO 2025 in Osaka.
||Hidehiko Sogano, Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. Director, Managing Executive Officer, CSuO
Hidehiko Sogano is Chief Sustainability Officer and Managing Executive Officer in Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. He is currently responsible for the sustainability of the group companies and international regulatory matters as well as global risk analysis. He also advises international life insurance business and development of the corporate strategy. Since he has joined Dai-ichi Life in 2015, he served as director of several overseas group companies.
He built-up his professional career at the Bank of Japan, where he served 32 years in positions such as Financial Markets Department and International Department and Branch Manager in Sapporo (Hokkaido) and Naha (Okinawa).
During 2013-15 with the Bank of Japan, he was Specially Appointed Professor at Hokkaido University. In the global financial field, he was a member of the Committee on Global Financial System at Bank for International Settlements (2008-2012) and also Deputy Chair of the Committee on Financial Markets at the OECD (2010-12).
||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.
||Sachihiko Harashina, President, Chiba University of Commerce
Sachihiko Harashina/ Born 1946. Graduated from the Department of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology. Completed the doctoral course in Science and Engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. After serving as an associato professor and professor at the above university, Dr. Harashina became a professor emeritus there. He took up a post at CUC in 2012. After serving as the dean in the Faculty of Policy Informatics, Dr. Harashina assumed the post of president in March 2017. His major is social engineering and is known widely both in Japan and abroad as an expert in participation and census building and environmental assessment studies. He was President of the Japan Association for Planning Administration and President of the International Association for Impact Assessment. He won the Rose-Hulman Award, the premier award of IAIA.
||Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto City
KADOKAWA Daisaku was born in Kyoto in 1950 and graduated from Ritsumeikan University with a degree in Law. He served as head of the Education Bureau and was elected as the 26th mayor of Kyoto in February 2008. As the mayor of the birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol, he also has been making efforts to combat climate change serving as Chair of ICLEI East Asia Regional Executive Committee and Chairperson of Japan Steering Committee of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. He has visited more than 12,000 civic facilities and municipal offices. His municipal reforms are a model for local cities nationwide. His motto is “Do Your Best, Be Sincere, And Cherish All”.
||Hiroshi Ozeki, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissay Asset Management Corporation CMA
Education: B.S. in Physics, the University of Tokyo, 1987
A.M.P., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
Hiroshi OZEKI is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Nissay Asset Management Corporation since 2020.
In 1987, Hiroshi joined Nippon Life Insurance Company after graduation from the University of Tokyo, where he garnered most of his professional career. He accumulated ample experience and professional knowledge through various key positions in leading Investment Management as a Domestic Bond Portfolio Manager and a Head of Global Credit and Alternative Investment. In 2013, he became in charge of the Finance and Investment Planning Department as a General Manager. Promoted in 2014 to Chief Investment Officer and a member of the Board Directors & Executive Officer. In 2018, under his new leadership role at Nippon Life’s overseas operations (based in New York), he served as the Regional CEO (responsible for the Americas and Europe) and Managing Director & Executive Officer.
Hiroshi speaks and acts widely in promoting efforts to enhance the group’s initiatives on ESG investments and Green financing, including initiating the first Green Bond issued by the City of Paris and the first underwriting of women bonds by Banco del Estado de Chile (BancoEstado). He has been invited to speak at both international and domestic conferences on climate change, ESG and SDGs, including CFA, ICMA, the RI Asia, the TCFD Summit, and he gave the opening speech at the PRI Digital Conference 2021.
Hiroshi Ozeki has 34 years of business experience engaging in Corporate Planning and Asset Management, including Loan Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Corporate Strategy, Capital Procurement, IR, ALM, and Asset allocation of Life Insurance General Accounts.
AWARDS: The Securities Analysts Journal Prize (1999) from the Security Analysts Association of Japan.
||Teisuke Ted Suzuki, Founder and President, Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Business and Energy Future / Chairperson for Odawara Hakone Chamber of Commerce Industry
Born on Sep 23rd,1955 in Odawara City , Kanagawa Pref in Japan as a second son of a family, which has been in Japanese traditional fishcake “Kamaboko” manufacturing business since 1865 for 150 years this year.
Graduated from Sophia University, Tokyo.
Stationed in Los Angles, California, USA, where he started company and managed it for 10 years from 1981 to 1991.
Presently serving as executive vice president for Suzuhiro Kamaboko Co., Ltd., which is his family business in Odawara.
Member of Odawara North Rotary Club, Rotary International Dist.2780
Chairperson for Odawara Hakone Young Entrepreneur Group, which is junior section of Odawara Hakone Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Chairperson for Japan Young Entrepreneur Group, which is junior section of Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Vice Chairperson for Young Entrepreneur Group Asia Pacific
The Confederation of Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Vice Chairperson for Odawara Hakone Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Chairperson for Odawara Hakone Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Founder and president of “ Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Business and Energy Future” with 200 members of small to mid-size companies throughtout Japan. Promoting sustainable and local based energy system not relying on nuclear power which revealed to be not safe, not economical, not environment friendly after Fukushima’s disaster.
||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, and board member of Global Compact Network Japan. She is Chair of the Board of Councilors at Shizenkan Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation, and Visiting Professor at IRIDeS, Tohoku University.
Sandra 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. Sandra served as member of the Advisory Committee on National Resilience (Disaster Reduction and Mitigation) to the Cabinet Secretariat from 2019 to 2023. 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.
||Hiroko Kuniya, Journalist
From 1989 to 1993, Hiroko Kuniya 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, Distinguished Guest Professor at Keio University Graduate School, FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for 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.
||Sergio Shigeo Kato, JCI Co-Representative
After assuming several senior executive positions in Europe and Japan at Ricoh, Sergio Shigeo Kato was appointed General Manager of the Sustainability Management Division in 2015, where he was responsible for developing Ricoh Group‘s decarbonization declaration, driving Ricoh to become the first company in Japan to join RE100, and integrate SDGs values into business, leading the company to adopt ESG-oriented management. Since then, he has collaborated with companies across industries in Japan to resolve social issues related to climate change. He held roles as Co-Chair of the Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP), Board Member of the World Environment Center (WEC) and Board Member of Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ). He also served as member of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Climate Change established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and contributed in the launch of the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) in July 2018.
■Past Japan Climate Action Summits