SPEAKERS

DAY1 10/1

In Collaboration with GLOBE"Are Walls Dividing the World?"

The progress of globalization has also brought with it both tangible and intangible “walls” to resist the trend. Some have attracted significant public attention by outspokenly expressing protectionist attitudes or loudly emphasizing to put their own countries first. The world, which had appeared to become united after the fall of the Berlin Wall, is once again becoming fragmented. This session deals with the background of the phenomenon and its impact on Japan, as well as the “walls” that exist inside the country, taking into account the current situation concerning refugees, international trade and the movement of people.

James F. Hollifield

Professor in the Department of Political Science, Director of the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University

After graduating from Wake Forest College (BA with honors in politics and economics), he studied at Sciences Po Grenoble and Paris (DEA in applied economics) before completing his PhD in political science at Duke University.
He has served as an Advisor to various governments in North and South America, Europe, East Asia and the Middle East and Africa, as well as the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the OECD, the ILO, the IOM, the EU, and other international organizations. He has published numerous books on the political economy of international migration and development including “Controlling Immigration : A Global Perspective”.

Sota Kimura

Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University (Constitutional Law)

Born in 1980 in Yokohama City. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo and serving as a research associate, he became an associate professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University before assuming his current position. Kimura has served as panel member for Asahi Shimbun since April 2016. His books include “A New Way for the Constitution,” “Creativity of the Constitution,” and “The Unconstitutionality of the Right to Collective Self-Defense.”

Norito Kunisue

Editor in Chief, The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE

Born in 1963 in Okayama Prefecture, Kunisue joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1987. He has worked at the City News Section in Osaka and served in various positions, including Paris Bureau Chief and Editorial Writer. Kunisue is also a part-time lecturer at the Department of French Language and Literature at Aoyama Gakuin University. He has authored a number of books, including “Populism and the European Upheaval,” “Populism Around the World,” “Sarkozy,” and “Unmasking Suicide Bombers.”

Lecture"Making Tokyo a Sustainable and Environmentally Progressive City"

Yuriko Koike

Governor of Tokyo

Born in 1952 in Hyogo Prefecture. After graduating from the Faculty of Arts of Cairo University, Koike had jobs including a newscaster before being elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in July 1992. She became a member of the House of Representatives in July 1993. She promoted the Cool Biz campaign as Minister of the Environment in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. She became the first female Minister of Defense in the first Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. She has also served at posts including Chairman of the General Council of the Liberal Democratic Party. She was elected Governor of Tokyo in 2016.

Dialogue"Architect Runs around the World" 

Seeking like a doctor to assist others by building temporary housing in disaster-hit areas worldwide, this architect has also traveled the globe producing innovatively structured works of paper tubes and wood. What is the source of his ideas and vitality? What is his vision for the world?

Shigeru Ban

Architect

Born in Tokyo in 1957, Ban received a bachelor of architecture degree from the Cooper Union School of Architecture, New York, in 1984, and established a private practice in 1985. From 1995 to 1999, he served as a consultant to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In 1995, he also founded the NGO, Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) to engage in activities supporting disaster-affected areas and victims. He has received many awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Since 2015, he has served as a guest professor at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University. Books he has authored include “Paper Tube Architecture from Kobe to Rwanda.”

Wakato Onishi

Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun

Born in Kyoto City in 1962. After learning urban engineering, he joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1987. He has been writing about architecture, art and photography in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka since 1991 and assumed his current position in 2010. Onishi is also a part-time instructor at the Nihon University College of Art and a Councilor at the National Art Center, Tokyo.

Dialogue"Considering the Future of Our Children"

How will technology shape our world in the future? What skills will our children need in the future, in light of the development of artificial intelligence and the enormous amount of information available to everyone for free? These questions will be discussed by the participants.

Yoichi Ochiai

Media Artist / Advisor to the President and Assistant Professor at the University of Tsukuba

Born in Tokyo in 1987, Dr. Ochiai completed a doctoral program in applied computer science at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo. In 2015, he joined the University of Tsukuba as an assistant professor, and assumed the position of head of the Digital Nature Laboratory. Since that same year, he has been the founding CEO of Pixie Dust Technologies, Inc. He has also served as an advisor to the President of the University of Tsukuba since 2017. Books he has authored include “The Century of Enchantment,” and “Survival Strategy of Super AI Era.”

Shojiro Okuyama

Editor in Chief of withnews

Born in Hokkaido in 1977. After joining the Asahi Shimbun in 2000 and working in Saga, Yamaguchi and Fukuoka, Okuyama was involved in launching the newspaper’s online edition, Asahi Shimbun Digital, from 2007. He was also engaged in creating the Great East Japan Earthquake Archive, where the testimonies of earthquake and tsunami survivors are posted on a digital globe, and the Billiomedia initiative to analyze SNS data. In July 2014, he launched withnews, a new website targeting the smartphone generation, which achieved 77 million views in 2016.

In Collaboration with HuffPost Japan"The Potential for Art to Transcend Gender"

Is it possible to employ art or technology to understand physical and sexual differences between men and women? This session, which will involve dialog with the participants, will be based on various artworks curated by Sputniko!, who has long used film to highlight issues.

Sputniko!

Artist

Born in 1985. After majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial College London, Sputniko! pursued a master’s degree in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. While in school, she began creating film and multi-media installation works inspired by how technology changes society and people’s values. Since 2013, she has been an Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab. One of her books is “Hamidasuchikara” (“The Power of Odd One Out”).

Ryan Takeshita

Editor in Chief, Huffpost Japan

Born in 1979. Takeshita joined the Asahi Shimbun in 2002 after graduating from Keio University. He worked at sections including the Economic News Section of the Tokyo Head Office and Media Lab before being sent to Stanford University as a visiting fellow (2014-15). He has been at the current position since May 2016. With the aim of exploring “conversation-driven media,” he has launched projects such as “Ladies Be Open,” which is focused on the discussion of the female body.

Panel Discussion"Exploring the Sea Depths for Unexploited Resources: A New Challenge Taken on by Team KUROSHIO"

Team KUROSHIO, formed by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and other bodies, is taking part in a global competition to map the ocean floor using autonomous underwater vehicles(AUVs). What are the aims of the competition sponsored by the petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell? What are the surprising unexploited “treasures” hidden in the deep seas? This session focuses on the challenges taken on by Japan, which has the world’s sixth largest sea area (in the territorial waters and EEZ), and the expected positive results, as well as stories about undersea resources.

Hiroaki Yokota

General Manager of Ocean Business Promotion Department, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

Born in 1961. After graduating from Kyushu University, Yokota joined Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in 1985. He worked as an engineer and a project-manager for variety vessels including ocean research vessels, fishery research vessels, hydrographic survey vessels, maritime training vessels, meteorological observation vessels and patrol vessels, before taking up the current position in 2013. He also has experience for a part-time assistant professor in Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology.

Takeshi Nakatani

Research Scientist, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Born in 1981 in Hyogo, he is a Doctor of Engineering (Tokyo University) specializing in underwater robots. He has especially focused on the navigation of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). He serves as co-leader of Team KUROSHIO, the Japanese team currently participating in the “Ocean Discovery XPRIZE” global competition.

Yumi Nakayama

Staff Writer, City News Section of the Asahi Shimbun

Joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1993. Visited the South Pole twice and the North Pole six times for stories. Also covered Patagonia and the Himalayas as part of an exploration of the global environment. From 2003 to 2005, she accompanied the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition and became the first female staff writer to overwinter at the South Pole. Amid the frigid climate of the inland base, she covered the drilling of the ice sheet. From 2009 to 2010, she explored meteorites at the South Pole and covered Greenland and Svalbard at the North Pole.

Dialogue"60 Years of Japanese Antarctic Exploration – A Message from the Poles to the World"

This year marks 60 years since Japan began exploring Antarctica. The discovery of a hole in the Ozone Layer, meteorites, auroras... Polar research has produced a multitude of findings, but now faces new challenges. These include the impact of the decline in Arctic sea ice on climate around the world, an example of which is the heavy blizzards that increasingly strike Japan, Arctic sea lanes, resource development ... What can the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland tell us about is the history of climate change? What can it tell us about its future? This session will focus on the latest report from Greenland.

Kumiko Goto-Azuma

Professor, Director of the Ice Core Research Center, National Institute of Polar Research

Born in 1958. After graduating from Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Goto-Azuma worked at State University of New York at Buffalo, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention before moving to National Institute of Polar Research in 1998. She has been studying climatic and environmental changes using ice cores from the Arctic and Antarctica. She has written several co-authored books including “Ice Cores- Time capsule of Earth’s environment (in Japanese)”

Yumi Nakayama

Staff Writer, City News Section of the Asahi Shimbun

Joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1993. Visited the South Pole twice and the North Pole six times for stories. Also covered Patagonia and the Himalayas as part of an exploration of the global environment. From 2003 to 2005, she accompanied the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition and became the first female staff writer to overwinter at the South Pole. Amid the frigid climate of the inland base, she covered the drilling of the ice sheet. From 2009 to 2010, she explored meteorites at the South Pole and covered Greenland and Svalbard at the North Pole.

DAY2 10/2

Master of Ceremony

Chiho Ueyama

Announcer of TV Asahi

Joined TV Asahi in 1998. She has appeared in programs including “News Station” and “Super J Channel”. She took a leave to study at School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and received there a Master of Public Affairs degree (MPA) in 2014. Currently appears in news programs including “Super J Channel” on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Remarks by Guest of Honor

Fumio Kishida

Chairman, Policy Research Council of the Liberal Democratic Party /Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Born in 1957. Kishida has been elected eight consecutive times since 1993 as Member for Hiroshima District 1 of the House of Representatives. He was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2012 and remained in the position for four years and seven months, the second longest record after the Second World War. His major achievements as Minister include bringing about US President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima in May 2016. In July this year, Kishida made a major speech at the UN High-level Political Forum meeting on Sustainable Development Goals. He has been in the current position since August this year. He is the leader of the Kochikai group of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Keynote Speech"'Globalization' and the Crisis of the International State System"

With the negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union under way and protectionist policies by the U.S. Trump Administration under the slogan of “America First” looming, where is the EU heading? What roles should such countries as Germany, France and Britain play amid the further advancement of globalization? What will be the fate of capitalism? These questions will be considered, referring to the results of the general elections in Germany.

Wolfgang Streeck

Professor of sociology, Director emeritus of Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Born in Germany in 1946. He received his Ph.D. from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main in 1980. In 1986, he finished his habilitation in Sociology at the University of Bielefeld. Between 1988 and 1995 he was Professor of Sociology and Industrial Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, returning to Germany in 1995 to take up the post of director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He retired from this position in 2014. His book “Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism” (2013) was translated into 15 languages.

Keynote Speech"Populism and Democracy in the 21st Century"

As evidenced by the referendum in Britain, which decided the nation’s withdrawal from the European Union, and by the election of President Trump in the U.S., a world–wide tide of populism-based politics and “our-country-first” sentiment has been rising. Prof. Rosanvallon, an authority on French democracy, will discuss the roles of political parties and parliaments for representative democracy and how to reflect people’s voices in other ways than elections in the wake of the French Presidential election this spring.

Pierre Rosanvallon

Professor at the College de France (Modern and Contemporary History of Politics)

Born in France in 1948. Graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC). After serving as economic adviser to the French Democratic Confederation of Labor, he turned to more academic work. Obtained his Ph.D. in 1985 and became Director of Studies of the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in 1989, a position he still holds. Elected his current position in 2001. Author of a number of books, including “Counter-Democracy: Politics in an Age of Distrust”.

Panel Discussion"Overcoming Divides for Our Future"

We are currently witnessing the emergence of polarizing issues that are dividing public opinion and splitting societies into opposing camps, evident in various phenomena such as Brexit, the US presidential elections, the refugee and immigrant crisis, and growing racial and religious tensions. How do we confront such divisions and how should we overcome them? Welcoming speakers from Germany, France, and the US, all of which held presidential or general elections between the end of last year and this year, we will discuss the current situation in each country as well as in Japan.

Wolfgang Streeck

Professor of sociology, Director emeritus of Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Born in Germany in 1946. He received his Ph.D. from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main in 1980. In 1986, he finished his habilitation in Sociology at the University of Bielefeld. Between 1988 and 1995 he was Professor of Sociology and Industrial Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, returning to Germany in 1995 to take up the post of director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He retired from this position in 2014. His book “Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism” (2013) was translated into 15 languages.

Pierre Rosanvallon

Professor at the College de France (Modern and Contemporary History of Politics)

Born in France in 1948. Graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC). After serving as economic adviser to the French Democratic Confederation of Labor, he turned to more academic work. Obtained his Ph.D. in 1985 and became Director of Studies of the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in 1989, a position he still holds. Elected his current position in 2001. Author of a number of books, including “Counter-Democracy: Politics in an Age of Distrust”.

James F. Hollifield

Professor in the Department of Political Science, Director of the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University

After graduating from Wake Forest College (BA with honors in politics and economics), he studied at Sciences Po Grenoble and Paris (DEA in applied economics) before completing his PhD in political science at Duke University.
He has served as an Advisor to various governments in North and South America, Europe, East Asia and the Middle East and Africa, as well as the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the OECD, the ILO, the IOM, the EU, and other international organizations. He has published numerous books on the political economy of international migration and development including “Controlling Immigration : A Global Perspective”.

Yoichi Nishimura

Managing Director (Executive Editor and Chief Officer for Content Management) of the Asahi Shimbun

Nishimura joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1981 just after graduating from the University of Tokyo. He served as Moscow correspondent, Washington Bureau Chief, Political Editor, and Op-Ed Editor before becoming Managing Editor and then Visiting Senior Fellow at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He was appointed as Board Director (in charge of Digital Business and International Affairs) in 2013. He has been Executive Editor since September 2014 and was promoted to Managing Director in June 2015. Content Management was added to his areas of responsibility in July 2017. Nishimura has also been Corporate Representative Director of The Huffington Post Japan since April 2013.

Yoshimoto SDGs Ogiri

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015 by the United Nations to ensure the sustainability of the earth’s environment and the lifestyles of its people. For the first time ever, comedians from Yoshimoto Kogyo will compete in Ogiri, a game of wit and jokes, with the SDGs as the theme. With Kinshi Katsura as our host, we will become better acquainted with the SDGs in a fun way with the help of young Rakugo performers and comedians.

Kinshi Katsura

Rakugo performer

Born in 1951 in Osaka, he graduated from Osaka Prefectural Seijo Technical High School. He left his job in 1969 to become an apprentice to Kobunshi Katsura (later the fifth Bunshi Katsura). He became his second apprentice behind the sixth Bunshi Katsura. He appeared in the popular television program “Young Oh! Oh!” and gained national popularity. He currently appears in television and radio shows in the Kansai region. He has served as the vice chairman of the Kamigata Rakugo Association since 2016.

Sanjaku Katsura

Rakugo performer

Born in 1970 in Hyogo. After graduating from Kobe Gakuin University, where he was a member of the Rakugo club “Rakugo Gakuin,” he became an apprentice to Sanshi Katsura (currently the sixth Bunshi Katsura) in 1994. He was named Sanjaku Katsura in 1997. In 2001, he won the Grand Prize in the Rakugo Category at the NHK New Face Entertainment Awards, as well as an Honorable Mention at the Osaka Cultural Festival Award in 2005. For three years from 2011, he was based in Akita as a “Sumimasu Geinin,” one of the comedians sent to each of the 47 prefectures in Japan. He is currently based in Tokyo, performing in Rakugo events around the country.

Sanshiro Katsura

Rakugo performer

Born in 1982 in Hyogo, he became an apprentice to Sanshi Katsura (currently the sixth Bunshi Katsura) in 2004 and was given the name Sanshiro. In 2012, he performed English Rakugo during his first overseas tour. His solo performance in Jakarta in 2015 was also well-received. He has won acclaim for his original Rakugo, which he has performed based on topics requested by corporate clients or symposium organizers.

Sando Katsura

Rakugo performer, TV personality

Born in 1969 in Shiga, he started playing the role of the “comic” in the double act “Jarizumu” in 1991. He later gained popularity as the one-man act “Sekai no Nabe-atsu.” In 2011, he became an apprentice to Sanshi Katsura (currently the sixth Bunshi Katsura) and became a Rakugo performer.

Akira Ishida, NON STYLE

Comedian

Born in 1980 in Osaka, he formed NON STYLE in 2000 with high school classmate Yusuke Inoue. In 2006, they won the Best New Face Award at the Kamigata Manzai Awards, as well as the Grand Prize in the Entertainment Category at the NHK New Face Entertainment Awards. They were also the winners of the “M-1 Grand Prix” in 2008. He usually plays the part of the “comic” in the double act and is known for his all-white outfit.

Seiko, Amako Inter

Comedian

Born in 1988 in Hyogo. Aspiring to become a comedian, she declined admission to university and enrolled in the New Star Creation (NSC) school for entertainers run by Yoshimoto Kogyo in Osaka. In 2007, she formed the double act “Amako Inter” with her classmate Nagisa, in which she usually plays the role of the “comic.” The duo won the New Face Award at the 32nd ABC Owarai New Face Grand Prix. A young female comedian, she is one of this year’s rising stars.

Special Talk "Sustainable Development Goals to Transform the World"

“The planet can exist without us but we cannot exist without it. So we will go first.” This is how Amina Mohammed expressed her sense of urgency for action to Hiroko Kuniya in an interview two years ago. Mohammed was instrumental in the adoption of the United Nations’ epoch-making 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that year and has since become Deputy Secretary-General of the world body. She will talk with Kuniya, who is actively promoting public awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals, again at this Forum on the issues and challenges for Japan and the world towards 2030, the target year for the Goals.

Amina J. Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Mohammed served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the SDGs. Before joining the UN, she worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals. Mohammed was the country’s Minister of Environment prior to assuming the current position. She was born in 1961 and educated in Nigeria and the UK.

Hiroko Kuniya

Anchor

Hiroko Kuniya was born in Osaka Prefecture and graduated from Brown University in the United States. She is a Trustee at Tokyo University of the Arts and recently has been appointed as a National Goodwill Ambassador to Japan by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Kuniya served as Anchor of Today’s Close-up on NHK from 1993 to March 2016. Since January 2017, she has been working as the navigator for the Asahi Shimbun’s Sustainable Development Goals campaign.

DAY3 10/3

Peacock Room East

Panel Discussion "Sustainable Societies from the Perspective of Fair Trade"

Where and how are the various goods around us produced? Some production processes likely damage the natural environment and local communities. This session discusses sustainable societies from the perspectives of fair trade, corporate sustainable procurement, and ethical consumption.

Molly Harriss Olson

CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand

Served nearly six years on the Board of Fairtrade International and as Chair for the final two, Ms. Olson has been recognized for her leadership on sustainable business and development for more than three decades. In 2014 she won The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award. She worked at the White House as the founding Executive Director of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, appointed by President Clinton in 1993.

Mari Momii

Sustainability Consultant

After working for the international NGO Environmental Investigation Agency in London, Mari became a representative of Deep Green Consulting, providing her expertise in the areas including; CSR, sustainable forest management and timber procurement, ethical consumption and animal welfare. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in environmental law at the University of Kent in England. Publications include Biodiversity and CSR (co-authored).

Akemi Kanda

Staff Writer, Science and Medical News Section of the Asahi Shimbun

Joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1992. After serving in the City News Section and Culture & Life News Section, she joined the Science and Medical News Section in 2014. She has covered a wide range of environmental issues, such as biodiversity, forests, climate change and waste materials for more than ten years.

Special Lecture "What AEON Can Do to Realize a Recycling-Oriented Society"

It has been twenty-six years since the establishment of Aeon Environmental Foundation. In addition to the tree planting and other environmental conservation activities, the Foundation is putting emphasis on environmental education in the recent years. I will introduce some of our environmental education programs conducted in coordination with various Asian Universities, the Japanese Biosphere Reserves Network and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Kahori Miyake

Executive Officer, CSR & Communication, AEON CO., LTD.

Joined JUSCO Co., Ltd. (currently AEON CO., LTD.) in 1991. Miyake worked in various areas including international business and finance and served as Director of Branding in the company. She also served as President and Representative Executive Officer of Claire’s Japan, and Executive Officer and Director of Communication and Customer Service of AEON Retail Co., Ltd. She assumed her current position in 2017.

Lecture"The New Nordic Food Movement and Its Global Legacy"

New Nordic food has been the focus of widespread attention. The new Nordic food movement, known as an initiative launched by the Copenhagen-based restaurant NOMA, places high priority on using in-season local specialty ingredients to create innovative, healthy dishes. Michael Booth, who was among the first to introduce NOMA to a wide range of readers, discusses what legacy the new Nordic food movement will create for the food environment.

Michael Booth

Author and broadcaster

Born in England. An internationally best-selling author of non-fiction. In 2010, he won the British Guild of Food Writers' award for his book "Sushi and Beyond - What the Japanese Know About Cooking”. In 2016 he won the British Guild of Travel Writers' 'Book of the Year' award for "The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia". In 2015, “Sushi and Beyond” was adapted into a Japanese anime television series by national broadcaster, NHK. His latest book, "The Meaning of Rice - And Other Tales from the Belly of Japan" will be published in October 2017.

Panel Discussion"VR Encounters Art and Culture"

Giving us incredible immersive experiences, virtual reality (VR) has captured the imaginations of all scientists and creators. Currently, most uses of VR are still in computerized games, but its application to other areas including performing arts and the digitization of ancient artifacts is also underway. This panel examines the future of VR and the possibilities of this new kind of computer technology.

Amon Miyamoto

Director

Born in Tokyo in 1958, Amon Miyamoto became the first Asian director on Broadway for his staging of “Pacific Overtures” in 2004, which received four Tony Award nominations. His innovative production of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” in Austria in 2013 featured projection mapped sets for all scenes. In 2016, he directed the world’s first 3D live Noh theater “YUGEN: The Hidden Beauty of Japan” (performed by Kanze actors) in Singapore to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the country and Japan.

Taichi Ishida

Vice Secretary General, Toshodaiji Temple

Born in Nara in 1967 and ordained in 1973 at age six. After graduating from the Department of Mathematics at the Kyoto University of Education in 1990, he started working at Toshodaiji in 1995. Starting in 1998, he was in charge of the Heisei restoration of the Kondo (main hall) of Toshodaiji, in which he closely observed the dismantling, removal, and assembly of the building and Buddha statues. He taught mathematics for one year from 2011 at Doshisha Junior High School. He was named Vice Secretary General in April 2016.

Michitaka Hirose

Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo 

Born in 1954 in Tokyo. He obtained his doctorate at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo and became a professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo in 1999. Specializing in systems engineering, Dr. Hirose is a leading expert in virtual reality studies. He received the Tokyo Techno Forum Gold Medal in 1995 as well as the Okawa Publications Prize for co-authoring “The Idea of Simulation (University of Tokyo Press)” in 2004.

Toshihiko Katsuda

Social Media Editor of the Asahi Shimbun

Born in 1962 in Hyogo Prefecture. Toshihiko earned a master's degree of engineering from Kyoto University. Toshihiko then joined The Asahi Shimbun in 1989, where he covered subjects such as natural disasters, computer engineering and medicine for about 20 years. He is currently a social media strategist at the newspaper and is also involved in its virtual reality project.

Special Lecture"The Present and Future of Virtual Reality and Digital Archiving for Cultural Assets"

Since 1997, Toppan Printing has been engaged in using virtual reality as a way to exhibit cultural assets. So far, we have produced 50 pieces of content focusing on valuable cultural assets from Japan and overseas. This talk will introduce the present and future of the digital archiving of cultural assets, upon which the creation of virtual reality content is based.

Tatsuya Yano

Senior General Manager, Cultural Project Division, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Having joined Toppan Printing in 1987, Tatsuya Yano became head of the Toppan Idea Center’s Creative Department, part of the company’s Information & Communication Division, in 2014. Since April 2017, as Senior General Manager of the Cultural Project Division, he has been engaged in the development of new businesses that contribute to solutions to social issues in the fields of tourism promotion and revitalization of regional areas, based on Toppan Virtual Reality and digital archiving.

Panel Discussion "Issues for Society and the Role of Businesses"

Issues affecting our society have become more complex than ever, making it difficult for them to be solved by governments or local communities alone. Would it be possible to utilize the human resources and technological expertise of the private sector in solving such issues? We will discuss new possibilities and the potential roles of business.

Rika Fukuda

General Manager, CSR & Citizenship Department, Groupwide Brand Communication Division, Panasonic Corporation

After graduating from the Faculty of Law of Kyoto University, Fukuda joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd (Panasonic Corporation at present). She served in the company’s personnel and industrial-relations section and engaged in the planning and operation of its compensation and benefits package. The company’s system on retirement benefits and pensions, which was introduced in 2002, became a model case for businesses in Japan. She has been in the current position since 2014.

Hidemitsu Sasaya

Managing Executive Officer of CSR Promotion Department, ITO EN, LTD.

After graduating from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo, Sasaya joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. He served at positions including Councillor at Minister's Secretariat of the Ministry of Environment, Councillor, at the Minister’s Secretariat at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Director-General of Kanto Regional Forest Office before retiring from the public service in 2008. He joined ITO EN in the same year and became a Director in 2010. He has been in the current position since July 2014. He has published books including “An Age When Cooperative Creativeness Makes Money”.

Megumu Murakami

Manager, Center for the Strategy of Emergence, The Japan Research Institute

A graduate of the Faculty of Law of Kyoto University, Murakami joined The Japan Research Institute (JRI) in 2003 after engaging in project finance at the Industrial Bank of Japan and Mizuho Corporate Bank. At JRI, she has been at the Center for the Strategy of Emergence since 2010. Her major themes of research include ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investment, the impact of climate change to finance, and children’s social participation.

Katsuhiko Tagaya

Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun

Katsuhiko Tagaya was born in Kobe in 1962. He joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1988 after working at a department store for four years. After working in Maebashi Bureau and other, he has been with Economic News Section, primarily responsible for covering distribution and retail and has held his current position since April 2007.

Panel Discussion"‘Hydrogen Society’ to Save Japan?"

Hydrogen, reputably the ultimate clean energy source with no CO2 emission, has begun to be in use not only for automobiles but for such occasions as rock concerts and cooking. The panel will present the latest scenes of the spreading use of hydrogen in our daily life and discuss what we need to do to achieve a sustainable “hydrogen society”, including the solution of issues such as the rollout of supply networks and infrastructure.

Yoshikazu Tanaka

Chief Engineer, ZF, MS Product Planning, Mid-size Vehicle Company, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION

Joined TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION after completing his course at the Engineering Studies Department of the Graduate School of Kyoto University in 1987. After holding positions concerning the development of new A/T for the first-generation Vitz and multi-speed A/T for rear wheel drive, he became the chief engineer for developing Prius plug-in hybrid in 2007. He has been engaged in product planning in charge of the development of Fuel Cell Vehicles since 2012.

Mineyuki Fukuda

Former Member of the House of Representatives

Born in 1964 and a graduate of Rikkyo University. Fukuda was elected as Member of Yokohama City Council in 1999 and as Member of the House of Representatives in 2005. After serving at positions including Special Advisor to Ministers of the Cabinet Office, he became State Minister of Cabinet Office in 2017. He engaged in coordination of the Liberal Democratic Party as Secretary-General of the Committee on the Promotion of Hydrogen Society in the Party’s Research Commission on Natural Resources and Energy Strategy.

SUGIZO

Musician

Guitarist, Violinist and Composer for the bands LUNA SEA and X Japan, SUGIZO is also known as a solo artist. LUNA SEA, having held its first live performance on May 29, 1989, made a major label debut in 1992 and performed many legendary live concerts before disbanded in late 2000. The band entirely re-formed in 2010 and released an album “A WILL” in late 2013. At its concert held at Nippon Budokan in May 2017, SUGIZO’s equipment was powered by hydrogen fuel cell batteries, making headlines as the world’s first such attempt.

Toshiki Horigome

Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun

Born in 1966 in Chiba Prefecture. Joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1989. Before assuming his current position, Horigome served, amongst other positions, as Associate Economic News Editor at the Tokyo Head Office. He mainly covers the issues of population decline and corporate governance at private companies and economic organizations.

Panel Discussion"Why are the world’s most charismatic entrepreneurs advancing into the space business?"

Iconic business leaders, such as Elon Musk, the Tesla Motors CEO, and Jeff Bezos, the Amazon. com CEO, are running their space projects in full swing. They are ushering in an era constituting a private space development race, 50-odd years after Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space. What does this emerging business trend imply for general consumers and society at large?

Chiaki Mukai

Vice President, Tokyo University of Science

Dr. Mukai graduated from Keio University School of Medicine, acquiring a medical license in 1977; and received a PhD in physiology from the same university in 1988. She worked as a cardiac surgeon at Keio University Hospital. She was selected by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA; currently JAXA: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) as a payload specialist (science astronaut) in 1985, and is the first Asian female astronaut to fly to space twice (in 1994 and 1998). Since April 2015, she has been serving as Vice President of Tokyo University of Science.

Masayasu Ishida

Principal, A.T. Kearney / President, SPACETIDE Foundation

Masayasu Ishida is a Principal of global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, and has specialized expertise in the industries of High-Tech, ICT and Aerospace. He is acting as member of the Japanese government’s committee on National Space Policy, and also acting as co-founder and president of SPACETIDE foundation which organizes a yearly space business conference aimed at promoting the rise of private space industry.
Operating on a completely pro-bono basis, he has also been an invaluable member of Team HAKUTO, the sole Japanese team due to participate in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition.

Hiromi Onishi

Executive Director of the Asahi Shimbun in Charge of Digital Business and International Affairs

Joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1984. After working at Takamatsu Bureau and in the Editing Section, she became an Associate Editor at the Electronic and Broadcasting Media Division in 1999. After serving at positions including Director of the Digital Media Division and President & CEO, Asahi Interactive, Inc., she was dispatched to the MIT Media Lab in 2013. She has been at the current position since December 2014.

Peacock Room West

Lecture"Where did the first Japanese come from?  Holistic reenactment project of the voyage 30,000 years ago"

Recent studies show that the first people who reached the Japanese Archipelago more than 30,000 years ago were seafarers. Here, I talk about a newly started experimental voyage project, which is supported by crowdfunding and aims at shedding light on their mysterious challenge to the ocean.

Yousuke Kaifu

Chief of the Division of Human Evolution, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo
Head of the “Holistic reenactment project of the voyage 30,000 years ago”

Born in 1969. DSc. He is studying two-million-years histories of human evolution and population dispersal in Asia. Awarded a 9th (FY2012) JSPS PRIZE. Author of “Where did first Japanese come from” (2016) and “Human tracks” (2005).

Special Lecture"The Future Society to Be Created by Artificial Intelligence Technology"

In areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT), we are seeing technological innovations that will solve issues in society and science. I will introduce you to the world that will emerge in our future through initiatives such as those using the NTT Group’s “corevo” AI technology in areas such as the environment, social science, and natural science.

Naonori Ueda

Head of Ueda Research Laboratory (NTT Fellow) and Director of Machine Learning and Data Science Center, NTT Communication Science Laboratories

Born in 1958 in Osaka Prefecture, Ueda obtained his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Osaka University and is a Doctor of Engineering. He also serves in other roles including Deputy Director of the Center for Advanced Intelligence Project at RIKEN. He specializes in machine learning. He has co-authored books including “Pattern Recognition Plainly Explained II” (Ohmsha, Ltd.).

Panel Discussion"Bracing for the Impact of AI and Big Data"

How will the accumulation of big data combined with the third boom in artificial intelligence (AI) change society? What will be the biggest impact of accelerating technological evolution? What issues will emerge? This session will consider ways of approaching new technologies.

Kumiyo Nakakoji

Professor, C-PiER, Kyoto University

Nakakoji received her B.S. in information engineering from Osaka University, Japan (1986) and M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) in computer science from University of Colorado, Boulder. She was a professor at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo prior to the current position. Her current research interests include knowledge interaction design for creative knowledge work, data engagement and experience platform, designing inspirational experience as museum services, and design provenance for collective creativity.

Naoyuki Nomura

CEO, Metadata Incorporated

Born in 1962. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Nomura joined NEC Corporation and had joint appointment from MIT AI Laboratory among others. Afterwards, Nomura joined Justsystems, Hosei University and Ricoh Company Ltd. In 2005, he founded Metadata Incorporated, where he has created many AI application software and text analytics B2B services. He has written or co-authored several books including “Artificial Intelligence Changing the Future of our Work” (in Japanese) and “WordNet” (MIT Press).

Hiroshi Maruyama

Chief Strategy Officer, Preferred Networks, Inc.

Born in 1958. After completing MS at Tokyo Institute of Technology, he joined IBM Japan in 1983 where he conducted researches on various areas of information technology including AI at IBM's Tokyo Research Laboratory. He was the lab director there from 2006 to 2009. He was a professor at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics from 2011 to 2016. He has been in his current position since April 2016. He published many technical papers as well as several books.

Ikuya Tanaka

Staff Writer, Science and Medical News Section of the Asahi Shimbun

Born in 1958. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, he joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1982. Working at positions including economic news section, Asian General Bureau at Bangkok, he has been covering hi-tech industries for more than 20 years. He moved to the current position in 2017 after serving as senior staff writer, visiting professor at Tsinghua University.

Panel Discussion"Local Communities Protecting Water– Kumamoto’s Efforts to Overcome a Crisis"

A plentiful and high-quality supply of groundwater is the source of water used by households, farmers, and factories in 11 municipalities centered on Kumamoto City. In a unique environment dominated by Mount Aso, residents, local governments, and companies have come together to preserve the precious water supply. In this session, we will learn from the actions taken by local communities affected by last year’s Kumamoto Earthquake.s

Kang Sang-jung

Political Scientist / Director and President, Kumamoto Prefectural Theater

Born in Kumamoto in 1950. Served as Associate Professor at the International Christian University, Professor at the University of Tokyo Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies and Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, and as President of Seigakuin University. Currently Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo. Appointed Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kumamoto Prefectural Theater in January 2016. Specialist in political science and the history of political thought. Appears regularly as commentator on TV and in newspapers and magazines. Many publications, including Zainichi [Resident Koreans].

Tsutomu Ichikawa

Professor at Tokai University Kumamoto Center for Educational Research and Development and Dean of Tokai University School of Industrial Engineering

Born in Yokohama in 1952. Obtained a master’s degree in civil engineering from Tokai University. His research focuses mainly on the circulation of groundwater in Japan and overseas. He also serves as an advisor to the Kumamoto Groundwater Foundation, and his work involves studying groundwater in the Kumamoto area and taking action to preserve it.

Tomoichi Ichimura

Executive Director of the Asahi Shimbun in Charge of Cultural Projects and Business Development

Born in 1959 in Kumamoto city. He joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1982 just after graduating from Hitotsubashi University. He served as a staff economic writer, New York correspondent, Editor-in-chief of weekly magazine AERA, Deputy Director of the Editorial Board, and Op-Ed Editor before becoming Director of Cultural Projects and Business Development Division. He has been at the current position since June 2017.

Special Lecture"Bringing ‘FOLLOW YOUR NATURE’ to the World "

Suntory, promoting a group-wide “Sustainable Water Philosophy”, has been practicing business based on the sound water cycle and actively contributing to the solution of water issues in many parts of the world. This lecture will present various activities the company conducts with a view to achieving “Water Sustainability”.

Tomomi Fukumoto

Executive Officer, Division COO, Corporate Communication Division, SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED

Joined Suntory Limited in 1981 after graduating from Keio University. After serving at positions including the Human Resources Department, Public Relations Department manager, and President of Suntory Hall. She was appointed as Executive Officer of SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED. She has been in the current position since April 2016. 

Panel Discussion"Using SDGs to Transform Society and Protect the Earth"

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are in the spotlight as a means of breaking the deadlock in dealing with domestic and international social issues and promoting action to solve pressing problems such as environmental pollution and poverty. While thinking backwards from 2030 and focusing on ways of creating new connections between people, this session will explore initiatives that employ SDGs as a “new yardstick.”

Masao Tabuchi

Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Corporation

Born in 1957. After graduating from Kyoto University, he joined Sumitomo Corporation in 1980. After serving at positions including General Manager of Transportation Project & Equipment Dept, General Manager of Automotive Division, No.1, General Manager of Ship, Aerospace & Transportation Systems Division, he has been Chief Strategy Officer in 2015. He initiates identification and promotion of the Material Issues for Sumitomo Corporation Group’s.

Kaori Kuroda

Executive Director of CSO Network Japan

Born in 1958. Prior to the current position, Ms. Kuroda worked at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Business School, Columbia University in New York City and the Asia Foundation, Tokyo Japan.
Her recent publication (co-author) includes “Kokyo Keieigaku Nyumon or Introduction to Public Administration (2015)” and “Hajimete no NPO Ron or Introduction to Non-Profit Organizations (2017).” She received an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Masahiro Mizuno

President and representative director, Tree Inc.

Masahiro established Telephony Inc. (now Tree) in 1988. After a stint as a marketing consultant, he was appointed director of Green TV Japan, a producer of video content about the global environment in 2006. Masahiro is active in media production work ranging from promotional projects to raise awareness of environmental issues on behalf of government, NGOs and companies to training projects for sustainability personnel produced using advanced ICT. Masahiro launched SDGs.TV in 2016.

Miyuki Hokugo

Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun

One of the founding members of the Asahi Shimbun’s special team that report on SDGs under the title of ‘2030 Make it Happen with SDGs’. The areas of her expertise are politics and international affairs. Hokugo is a former Jakarta Correspondent and has teaching experience at several Universities. She earned a Master’s degree in International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Special Lecture"SDGs and CSR Initiatives at Sumitomo Metal Mining"

We define our CSR as reliably providing high-quality materials in our core business while seeking coexistence with the earth as well as society. I will introduce our CSR initiatives in six areas of focus, and discuss our roles in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Atsushi Kaikake

Executive Officer, General Manager of Safety & Environment Control Dept., Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd.

After joining the company in 1985, he was involved in several smelters before becoming the General Manager of Shisaka Smelter (currently Shisaka Smelting Co., Ltd.) in 2008. He became the General Manager of Harima Refinery in 2010 before being named Executive Officer in 2016. After serving as the General Manager of the Besshi-Niihama District Div., he took on his current position in 2017.

Panel Discussion"Invigorating Communities through Local Production and Consumption of Energy"

Local governments across Japan are spearheading “locally-produced, locally-consumed energy” projects, which involve the local generation and sale of electricity. What is required for the creation of sustainable local communities based on energy projects? This session will approach this question from various angles, including human resources, systems, and technology.

Koji Ishikawa

General Manager, Green Energy Products Division and Executive Officer at NTN Corporation

Born in 1959 in Ehime, Ishikawa graduated from the School of Engineering, Osaka University in 1983 before joining NTN in the same year. After working in sales and engineering departments in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Japan, he became engaged in global planning operations relating to the sales, engineering, and production of industrial machinery bearings in Industrial Business Headquarters. He has held the current position since April 2016.

Hidefumi Kurasaka

Professor, Graduate School of Social Science, Chiba University

Born in 1964. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Kurasaka joined the Environment Agency (Ministry of the Environment), Japan in 1987. He is the leader of the Sustainable Zone project in which he estimates renewable energy supply in every municipalities in Japan. He has written several books including “Environmental Policy 3rd ed.”, “Introduction for policy and consensus making”

Naomichi Suzuki

Mayor of Yubari City, Hokkaido

Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1981. While working as a Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) official, Suzuki studied at Hosei University, graduating in 2004. In 2008, he was assigned to work in the Yubari City government for two years until resigning from the TMG in November 2010. In April 2011, he was elected as the mayor of Yubari City at the age of 30 years and one month. In 2017, the tenth year from its declaration of bankruptcy, Yubari City announced a new fiscal rehabilitation plan to achieve financial reconstruction and local economy revitalization. Obtaining approval from the competent minister for the plan, the City under Suzuki’s leadership took a substantial first step toward restoration to sound financial status.

Kiyoshi Isshiki

Coordinator, Education Business Division of the Asahi Shimbun

Born in 1956. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, he joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1978. Worked at positions including the Economic Department, the Editor in Chief of AERA Magazine, commentator for TV Asahi "Hodo Station", and Managing Editor of “WEBRONZA” before taking up the current position in 2013. He has written several books including "Challenging of knowledge : University of books and newspapers"

Special Lecture"Creating a Society that Benefits from Genuine Wealth"

AGC Asahi Glass established The Asahi Glass Foundation in 1933 with the aim of creating a society and civilization in which people can benefit from what we call “genuine wealth.” I will introduce various initiatives at the foundation such as the “Blue Planet Prize,” which awards contributors solving global environmental issues.

Kazuhiko Ishimura

Chairman & Representative Director, AGC Asahi Glass Chairman, The Asahi Glass Foundation

Joined AGC Asahi Glass in 1979. After serving in roles such as GM of the Electronics & Energy General Division, he was named Representative Director and President & CEO in 2008. He became Chairman & Representative Director in January 2015, and was named Chairman of The Asahi Glass Foundation in May the same year.

Panel Discussion"Rise of ESG Investment: Has Money Changed Its Path?"

Japan has recently seen the spread of ESG investment, that is, investment in consideration of the environment, society and governance. The key to this is trends among institutional investors, represented by the Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan (GPIF). However, disclosure of corporate non-financial information, including climate change risks, as a prerequisite for investment decisions, has not yet reached a sufficient level.

Takejiro Sueyoshi

Special Advisor to UNEP FI

After graduating from the 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. He was a member of the Council for Japan`s Prime Ministers (Mr. Fukuda and Mr. Aso) on Climate Change Policy.

Hiromichi Mizuno

Executive Managing Director and CIO Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)

Mizuno was appointed to the current position in 2015. He is a member of the Board and Asset Owner Advisory Committee of PRI since 2017. He contributes his expertise as an executive adviser to Japanese cabinet on Healthcare and Medical Growth Strategy, a member for Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan National University Evaluation Committee, a guest professor of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, among others.

Toru Ishii

Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun

Since the Kyoto Conference (COP3 of the UN Frame Convention on Climate Change) in 1997, he has been covering both domestic and international environmental issues and renewable energy. In 2005, he was a visiting research fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

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