Asahi World Forum 2016
The Environment and Beyond ~Towards a Sustainable Society


The summaries below are based on Japanese-language articles of the Asahi Shimbun and, therefore, may not reflect the exact expressions used in the original remarks when non-Japanese languages were used.

10/2 Sun.
Iino Hall

Plenary Session "Japan's Role for Solution of Global Issues"(Hall)

12:30~12:35 "On the Inaugural Asahi World Forum"Summary Video Message
  • The 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi
  • Distinguished Follow of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata
12:35~14:00 "Can Humans and Androids Fall in Love?"Summary
  • Intelligent Roboticist and Professor at Osaka University and Visiting Director of the Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) Hiroshi Ishiguro
  • General Bureau Chief, Morioka General Bureau of the Asahi Shimbun Mamiko Takahashi
14:00~14:20 "Tokyo Takes on Challenges! Bringing Changes to the World from Japan"Summary Speaker
  • Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike

Breakout Sessions

Room A

13:00~14:30 Let's Ask Leaders of Next Generation!
"For Agriculture Ten Years from Now, for Tohoku in 2021, and for Japan in the 22nd Century"Summary
  • Member of the House of Representatives and Director, Agriculture and Forestry Division of the Liberal Democratic Party Shinjiro Koizumi
  • Editor in Chief, The Huffington Post Japan Ryan Takeshita

Room A

15:00~16:30 Let's Ask Leaders of Next Generation! "Aiming for a Gender-Equal, Diverse Society"Summary Speaker/Panelist
  • Member of the House of Representatives Seiko Noda
  • Vice President, Diversity Development Department, Japan Tobacco Inc. Sayaka Kanayama
  • President & CEO, NPO Bridge For Smile Keiko Hayashi
  • Staff Writer, Regional News Section of the Asahi Shimbun Azusa Mishima

Room B

15:00~16:30 Let's Ask Leaders of Next Generation!
"Toward a Society where People Share and Connect with Each Other"Summary
  • Member of the House of Representatives and Former Chair, Policy Research Committee of the Democratic Party Shiori Yamao
  • Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun Noriko Akiyama


15:00~16:30 "Progress of IT in Education Set to Change Both Classrooms and Teachers"Summary Speakers
  • Representative Director, Future Institute Corporation Hiroyuki Tameda
  • Executive General Manager, Educational ICT Business Division, TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD. Naoki Kikuchi
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University Makiko Nakamuro

10/3 Mon.
Imperial Hotel Peacock Room East

Master of Ceremony:Chiho Ueyama/Announcer of TV Asahi
13:00~13:10 Remarks by Host SummaryPresident and CEO of The Asahi Shimbun Masataka Watanabe
13:10~13:30 Remarks by Guest of Honor Full TextU.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Bouvier Kennedy
13:30~14:00 Lecture "Business Strategy for Environmental Sustainability ― Green Investment in Achieving Low-carbon Economy" SummaryDeputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Rintaro Tamaki
14:00~15:00 Lecture "The Crisis of Globalism" SummaryAnthropologist and historian Emmanuel Todd
15:20~16:50 Panel Discussion "What’s happening on Our Earth?" Summary Panelists
  • Former Ambassador to the United States and President of the America-Japan Society Inc. Ichiro Fujisaki
  • Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Approved Specified Nonprofit Corporation Katariba Kumi Imamura
  • Professor, Chiba University Tatsuhiro Kamisato
  • Anthropologist and historian Emmanuel Todd
  • Managing Director (Executive Editor) of the Asahi Shimbun Yoichi Nishimura
16:50~17:50 Special Talk "Footballs for a Brighter Future: FC Barcelona’s Challenge" Summary Guests
  • First vice president of FC Barcelona Jordi Cardoner i Casaus
  • Manager of the Gamba Osaka Youth and Former member of the Japanese national football team Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
  • Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun Kosuke Inagaki

10/4 Tue.
Imperial Hotel Peacock Room West

9:30~10:40 Panel Discussion "Efficient Use of Natural Resources - To Learn from Forests" Summary Panelists
  • Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Tokyo City University Norihiro Itsubo
  • Project Leader, WWF Japan Forest Programme Chiaki Furusawa
  • Deputy Editor, International Digital News Section of the Asahi Shimbun Naoki Shoji
10:40~10:55 Special Lecture "Environmental Activities We Promote with Customers" SummarySpeaker
  • Secretary General, AEON Environmental Foundation Yuriko Yamamoto
10:55~11:45 Lecture "The Birth of 'Chiba Age'? -Changes on Earth and Geologic Time Scale" Summary Speaker
  • Chief Curator, Division of Mineral Sciences, Department of Geology and Paleontology, National Museum of Nature and Science Takashi Sano
12:30~13:40 Panel Discussion "Diverse Environments and Architecture" Summary Panelists
  • Architect and President of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects Toyo Ito
  • Architect Tsuyoshi Tane
  • Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun Wakato Onishi
13:40~13:55 Special Lecture "New Consumption Style for a Recycling-Oriented Society: Furniture Reuse" SummarySpeaker
  • President and Representative Director, Otsuka Kagu, Ltd. Kumiko Otsuka
13:55~15:05 Panel Discussion "ICT and the Future of Food" Summary Panelists
  • Senior Specialist, The Japan Research Institute, Limited Yasufumi Miwa
  • President, Yokotanojo Co., Ltd. Shuichi Yokota
  • Chief, Technology Strategy Section, Technology Strategy Department, Groupwide-CTO Office, Panasonic Corporation Yukinori Matsumoto
  • Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun Katsuhiko Tagaya
15:20~16:30 Panel Discussion "Forests Yield Water and Water Yields Life" Summary Panelists
  • Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Tottori University Yoshiyuki Hioki
  • Representative of Hayami Forest and Advisor to the Forest Management Association of Japan Toru Hayami
  • Former Mayor of Shinjuku City, Tokyo Hiroko Nakayama
  • Staff Writer, Science and Medical News Section of the Asahi Shimbun Akemi Kanda
16:30~16:45 Special Lecture
"Creating Forests that Nurture Groundwater ? Suntory’s Natural Water Sanctuary Activities ?" Summary
  • Chief Specialist, Environmental Sustainability Strategy Department, Suntory Holdings Ltd. Takeshi Yamada
16:45~17:55 Special Session "Exploring the Potential of VR Journalism" Summary Panelists
  • Leader of Adaptive Intelligence Team, Riken Brain Science Institute Naotaka Fujii
  • Executive Director of The Asahi Shimbun in Charge of Digital Business, International Affairs and Education Business Hiromi Onishi
  • Photographer & Photo Editor, Photo & Multimedia Section of the Asahi Shimbun Teruo Kashiyama
  • Senior Administrator, Media Lab of the Asahi Shimbun Koji Horie

10/4 Tue.
Imperial Hotel Peacock Room East

9:30~10:20 Lecture "Effecting Social Change through the Power of Business- Unilever’s Challenge" Summary Speaker
  • President and CEO, Unilever Japan Customer Marketing Fulvio Guarneri
10:20~10:35 Special Lecture "A Future World to be Brought by AI, Big Data and IoT" Summary Speaker
  • Vice President, Head of NTT Communication Science Laboratories Eisaku Maeda
10:35~11:45 Panel Discussion "Social Impact of AI x Big Data x IoT" Summary Panelists
  • Project Associate Professor, Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo Yutaka Matsuo
  • Dyson Associate Professor in Machine Learning, the University of Oxford Michael A Osborne
  • Head of Info-Future Research Center, NTT DATA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT CONSULTING, Inc. Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Yokohama National University Ippei Hagiwara
  • Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun Toshiki Horigome
12:30~13:40 Panel Discussion "Can People Live without Moving? ? A Discussion with Brain Scientist" Summary Panelists
  • Senior Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation Kiyotaka Ise
  • Brain Scientist Nobuko Nakano
  • Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun Takayuki Yasui
13:55~15:05 Panel Discussion "Social Business and BOP Business" Summary Panelists
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University 
    Ashir Ahmed
  • Assistant Professor, Kanazawa Institute of Technology and President, BoP Global Network Japan 
    Tokutaro Hiramoto
  • Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun Toru Ishii
15:20~16:45 Panel Discussion "How should we educate our children in the era of artificial intelligence?" Summary Panelists
  • Dyson Associate Professor in Machine Learning, the University of Oxford Michael A Osborne
  • Special Advisor to Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Professor, Tokyo University and Keio University Kan Suzuki
  • Co-founder, Tokyo International School and Co-founder, TEDxTokyo Patrick Newell
  • Staff Writer, City News Section of the Asahi Shimbun Mariko Sugiyama
16:45~17:45 Special Talk "Living with Nature" Summary Guest
  • Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo and Director Emeritus, Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo Kunio Iwatsuki
  • Anchor Hiroko Kuniya