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Day1Plenary Session

Remarks by the Host

Tadakazu KimuraPresident, The Asahi Shimbun Company
 

Tadakazu Kimura was born in 1953. He graduated from the Department of Political Science in the School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University, after which he joined the Asahi Shimbun. After working as Political Editor, Managing Editor of Tokyo Head Office, the Director of Europe General Bureau (London), as well as the Representative of Seibu Head Office, he became Board Director in charge of Advertising and Cultural Projects in 2011. He was elevated to President and CEO in June 2012.

Special Video Message

Severn Cullis-SuzukiCulture and Environment Activist and Writer
 

Champion for the Canadian Earth Summit Initiative 2012 WE CANada. A longtime activist for ‘intergenerational justice', Severn founded the Environmental Children's Organization with friends at nine years old, which culminated in her speech to the UN at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 when she was twelve. She has published several books in Japan. She lives on the archipelago of Haida Gwaii off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and two sons.

Keynote Speeches and Panel DiscussionHow Do We Cope with Global Warming? To Protect the Beautiful Planet

21 years have passed since the Earth Summit. The struggle against the threat of global warming has become more important than ever. We will explore the way nations can cooperate as the discussion on the new framework of international measures progresses.

Speakers/Panelists
Tomasz ChruszczowSpecial Envoy for Climate Change, Ministry of the Environment, Republic of Poland
 

Born in 1958, Tomasz Chruszczow received MSc Eng from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. He has been active in the field of environmental protection for nearly 30 years, with special focus on industrial emissions since 1997. Since 2009 the Head of Polish delegation to international Climate Change negotiations. In 2011, during Polish Presidency in the EU Council, Mr Chruszczow served as the President of the Working Party for International Environmental Issues - Climate Change and chair of the EU delegation to climate negotiations. In 2012 he has been appointed Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation. Since 2012 he is a member of the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee.

David Wratt Vice-Chair of Working Group 1 (The Physical Science Basis) of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
 

Chief Scientist, Climate, at New Zealand's National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research. He is also the Director of the New Zealand Climate Change Centre. He has a PhD in Atmospheric Physics and has carried out research in the USA, Australia and New Zealand on climate and meteorology. His present scientific interests include climate variability and change (science, impacts, adaptation); climate observations, mapping and hazards; and climate science applications.

Will SteffenExecutive Director of the Australian National University Climate Change Institute
 

His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and on sustainability and climate change. He served on the Australian Government's Multi-Party Climate Change Committee (MPCCC) in 2010-11, which developed Australia's carbon pricing mechanism.

Andrew RevkinScience and Environment Writer
 

Has covered science and the environment for 30 years in newspapers, magazines, three books, documentaries and his New York Times blog, Dot Earth, winning US top science journalism awards multiple times. He was a staff reporter at The Times from 1995 to 2009. He is senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University.

Yasuko KameyamaSection Head, Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) Japan
 

She is also currently a visiting professor at Graduate School of Frontier Science, University of Tokyo. She has published several books including, "Climate Change in Asia" (co-edited, from UNU Press).

Coordinator
Toshiaki MiuraEditor-in-Chief, The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE
 

Joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1984. He has been in the current position since April 2013 after serving as a political writer, a Washington correspondent and an editorial writer in charge of politics and diplomacy. He also appeared as a commentator on TV Asahi's news show "Hodo Station" for two years from April 2011.

Connected Lives ~From my travels around Japan

My travel around Japan starting from Okinawa has already entered its fifth year. I began the endeavour in order to know more of the country after travelling all over the world. The more I know the local life including agriculture, food and traditional craftwork, the more I have come to know the richness of Japan. Knowing about your home, I believe, would in a broad sense lead to the protection of the environment.

Hidetoshi NakataFormer player of Japan National Football Team Representative Director of TAKE ACTION FOUNDATION
 

Played for top European football clubs as well as Japan national team before retiring in 2006. After travelling around the world, he established TAKE ACTION FOUNDATION in 2009, when he also started travelling around Japan. He has been Chief Branding Officer and Executive Director, of Tohato Inc. since 2003.

Interviewer
Keiko HamadaDeputy Editor-in-Chief of AERA
 

Born in 1966. Joined the Asahi Shimbun Company in 1989. After working for the Weekly Asahi magazine, she has been with the AERA magazine since 1999. She has held her current position since April 2013. She was in charge of Hidetoshi Nkata's serial articles, "Tsunagu", in the AERA (September 2009 to May 2013).

Master of Ceremony
Yuko MurakamiAnnouncer of TV Asahi
 

Yuko Murakami joined TV Asahi in 2001. She currently appears on several discussion and investigative news shows including “Live TV Until Morning!”, “Crossfire-‘Fierce Discussion’! on BS Asahi” and “The Scoop Special”.

Day2Session

Peacock West Room

Opening SpeechDiscovery from the Space - Beautiful Earth

Images of the Earth taken by high-definition video cameras of the International Space Station will be shown. Dr Furukawa will talk about his experiences in the space: he felt the massive existence of the planet; he rediscovered the importance of the Earth in terms of the preciousness of air and water; his perspectives were widened through his stay in the space.

Satoshi FurukawaJAXA Astronaut
 

Born in 1964 in Kanagawa Prefecture. After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo, he worked as a surgeon at several hospitals. He was selected as one of three Japanese astronaut candidates in 1999 and was certified as an astronaut in 2001. He stayed on the International Space Station for 165 days from June to November 2011 as a flight engineer.

Special LectureAvian Influenza (AI) -transmission of AI virus from wild birds to domestic fowls-

The Avian Influenza virus is spreading around the world, while repeating transmission between its original hosts, wild birds (water birds), and domestic fowls/ humans. Our research centre studies the virus’s activities in Japan and Southeast Asia, while anticipating emergence of a new type of influenza derived from it.

Koichi OtsukiChief of Avian Influenza Research Centre, Kyoto Sangyo University, Visiting Professor
 

Born in 1942 in Shizuoka Prefecture. After graduating from Hokkaido University in 1966, he held positions including Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture of Tottori University. He has been in the current position since 2006. He is a director of the World Veterinary Poultry Association and the representative of its Japan Branch.

Exploring the Future of Wild Animals and Humans

Forests in Japan have been hurt by deer. Watching the misery of trees that have their buds and bark eaten up puts one into quandary. Humans are indeed selfish but so are wild animals. How can we find reconciliation? What can humans do?

Juichi YamagiwaProfessor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
 

Born in Tokyo in 1952. He has been conducting research on gorillas in various parts of Africa to study the evolution of primates and humans.

Akiko Sudo Executive Director of Eaglet Office Inc.
 

Dr Sudo received her PhD in veterinary medicine at Osaka Prefecture University. She established a business in 1998 with her husband. Aiming for co-existence with large birds of prey including the Golden Eagle, which is her main subject, she has been conducting wide-ranging activities such as research and producing video pictures. She is also engaged in the population control of Great Cormorants in Lake Biwa.

Hiroshi Abe Artist
 

Born in Hokkaido in 1948. He worked as an animal keeper at the Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa for 25 years. He started painting while working at the zoo and has dedicated himself to painting since 1996. His many art works include "On a Stormy Night" (Kodansha) and "A Good Day for the Lion" (Kosei Publishing).

Coordinator
Mariko TakahashiSenior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
 

Joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1979. She took up the current position after serving in positions including Science Editor, Editorial Writer on Science and Technology and Medicine, and Science Writer. She occasionally writes for "WEBRONZA", a web medium of the Asahi Shimbun.

Towards an Ecological Lifestyle ~Lessons from Japan's Edo Era

Japan's Edo City (1603-1867, the precursor of Tokyo) was a society which depended extensively on recycling, and was imbued with ecologically sound values, such as "things should not be discarded easily," "sharing avoids shortages," and "everything can be reused in some way." In this session, we will look back at the lifestyle and wisdom of the people of Edo, and discuss how we can apply them to our current daily lives.

Kikuchiyo KokonteiComic Storyteller
 

Born in Tokyo. After working in public relations, she became a disciple of Senior Comic Storyteller Engiku Kokontei in 1984. The following year, she was promoted to "Principal Entertainer," the first woman in Japan's comic storytelling history, and was awarded the stage name, "Kikuchiyo." She is also actively involved in Korean-language comic storytelling, and in other forms of traditional Japanese performance, such as song, dance, and drums.

Azby Brown Director of the Future Design Institute, Kanazawa Institute of Technology
 

He is an artist and designer who has lived in Japan since 1985. After specializing in sculpture and architecture at Yale College (U.S.A) and the University of Tokyo, he devoted himself to learning about the traditional design wisdom of the Japanese people, recently focusing on the Edo Era (1603-1867). He has been in his current position since 2003. His most recent book, "Just Enough: Lessons in living green from traditional Japan" was published in both Japanese and English.

Etsuko Yamada Art Director and Teacher of Furoshiki (traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) Culture
 

Born in Kyoto. After working as a textile designer and table coordinator, she became an art director at the furoshiki shop, Kyoto Wa-Bunka Institute MUSUBI (Tokyo). She has developed many methods of using furoshiki and teaches people how to use them ecologically and beautifully. She has written many books including "Furoshiki Tsutumi" (A Complete Guide to Furoshiki).

Special LectureJR East’s Strategies for the Environment

Mr Yamamoto will explain the company’s strategies for the environment in the perspective of “JR East Group Management Vision V - Ever Onward”.

Shinya YamamotoDeputy General Manager, Chief of Environmental Management Office, Management Planning Department, EAST JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY(JR East)
 

Mr Yamamoto joined JR East in 1988. After holding positions including a Director of JR East Retail Net Co., Ltd., he took the current position in June 2013.

Future of the Environment and Development

Naoko IshiiCEO of Global Environment Facility
 

Dr Ishii's career at the Ministry of Finance began in 1981 with a focus on the international sphere, particularly development issues. After serving in various positions concerning development, finance and the environment including World Bank's Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives and Deputy Vice Minister of Finance, she became the fourth CEO and Chairperson of the GEF in August 2012.

To Pass on Water to Future Generations

Natural water is nurtured in forests for a long period of time, more than 20 years. It is impossible to produce such water artificially. We will consider, through “Suntory Water Education” with primary school children, what we can do to pass on the precious water to future generations.

"Suntory Water Education" lecturer
Primary school children who are reporters for the Asahi Shogakusei Shimbun
 

Suntory's lecturers conduct visiting classes for grade 4 and 5 primary school children as a part of “Suntory Water Education”, which aims to convey the importance of water to future generations. In the classes, children learn about various topics on “water”, such as the relevance of water recycling in our life and efforts of people in industries related to water and forests, through visual presentations and experiments.

Special LectureLife Bonds for the Future of Our Planet

Mr Kawaji will talk about the activities AEON Environmental Foundation engages in under the theme of “Biodiversity”. They will include “The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity”, which the Foundation sponsors jointly with the Secretariat of the Convention of Biodiversity, and the “Japan Awards for Biodiversity”, which the Foundation conducts in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment.

Shigeo KawajiSecretary General of AEON Environmental Foundation
 

Born in 1950, Mr Kawaji graduated from Keio University and joined Jusco (currently AEON) in 1973. After holding positions including General Manager of Back Office Support Center and President of JUSVEL Co., Ltd. (currently AEON Compass Co.,Ltd.), he has been in the current position since June 2013.

The Road to Sustainable Way to Eat

In the modern society of mass production and mass consumption, the way we eat is unwittingly placing strain and burden on the environment of the earth. How should we change our way so that we will be able to eat in a sustainable manner while protecting the nature and fostering resources? Discussions will be held, using actual cases as examples.

Yoshihiro MurataPresident Chef of Traditional Kyoto Cuisine KIKUNOI
 

Born in 1951 as the first son of the president chef of Kikunoi, a traditional restaurant in Higashiyama, Kyoto. He became the third president chef in 1994. He has actively introduced new stuff such as vacuum cooking and French techniques on top of traditional inheritance and has viewed Kyoto cuisine and Japanese cuisine from a global perspective.

Akihiro AsamiFarmer and Director of Fukushima Organic Agriculture Network
 

Born in 1969. Becoming interested in faming life, he moved from Chiba to a mountainous area in Aizu in 1996 and started farming. He operates an organic farm with emphasis on regional recycling. He is also engaged in local area activities including the preservation of mountain side water routes built during the Edo period. He is the author of "The Reason Why I Became a Farmer".

Etsuko KondoChief Director of "Community School of Machi-Design", NPO
 

Born in Tokyo. After holding positions at cooperatives, she established in 2002 "Community School of Machi-Design" and became its representative. She has been Chief Director of its incorporated NPO since 2006.

Coordinator
Mika OmuraSenior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
 

Joined Asahi Shimbun Company in 1991. She has been in the current position since 2010 after extensively covering matters concerning food. She is a co-author of "What Are You Going to Eat Tomorrow" (2003 Asahi Shimbun Company).

Future Cities and our Life

Energy is indispensable in our life. How can we consume energy in the most efficient and effective manner? We will explore the way future cities should be and possible business opportunities therein, while reviewing actual cases of some advanced areas.

Tomohiko MiyaharaProject Manager, Fujisawa SST Promotion Project, Business Development Center, Eco Solutions Company, Panasonic Corporation
 

Mr Miyahara graduated from School of Political Science and Economics Waseda University and joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd.(current Panasonic)in 1989. He has led the Fujisawa SST Promotion Project since 2007, managing and promoting the company’s “smart town” business, serving as the representative organiser of Fujisawa SST conference.

Junya KawaiGeneral Manager, Kashiwanoha Campus City Project Development Planning Department of MITSUI FUDOSAN CO., LTD
 

Mr Kawai graduated from the Faculty of Engineering of Tokyo University in 1983. He worked in areas including urban project development and housing business before assuming the current position.

Kenzo MatsuoPresident and General Manager of Higashida Clinic
 

After graduating from the Medical School of Yamaguchi University, Dr Matsuo joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked as the medical officer at the Japanese Embassy in Tanzania. He later studied at Vanderbilt University in the U.S. He has been in the current position since March 2012. He has participated in the on-site experiments of "Smart City Community" conducted by Kitakyushu City.

Teruyuki MonnaiProfessor, Dr. Eng., Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
 

Professor Monnai's main research topics are architectural and environmental planning; architectural and urban semiotics; and design methodology. He has been in the current position since April 2004.

Coordinator
Katsuhiko TagayaSenior Staff Writer, The Asahi Shimbun
 

Born in Kobe in 1962. He joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1988 after working at a department store for four years. He mainly covered the distribution and retail industries at the Economic News Department both in Tokyo and Osaka before taking the current position. He covers the economy and industry in the Kansai area as well as collaboration between industry and academia.

Peacock East Room

Opening SpeechDiscovery from the Space - Beautiful Earth

Images of the Earth taken by high-definition video cameras of the International Space Station will be shown. Dr Furukawa will talk about his experiences in the space: he felt the massive existence of the planet; he rediscovered the importance of the Earth in terms of the preciousness of air and water; his perspectives were widened through his stay in the space.

Satoshi FurukawaJAXA Astronaut
 

Born in 1964 in Kanagawa Prefecture. After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo, he worked as a surgeon at several hospitals. He was selected as one of three Japanese astronaut candidates in 1999 and was certified as an astronaut in 2001. He stayed on the International Space Station for 165 days from June to November 2011 as a flight engineer.

The Guide to Look at the Earth

The Earth beautifully glows in blue when seen from the space. In human eyes, the Earth looks very beautiful but on the other hand, when looked at through mechanical eyes of man-made satellites, it shows different faces. Mr Matsuura will present how the Earth looks from satellites with the latest technology.

Naoto MatsuuraDirector of Satellite Applications and Promotion Center, Satellite Applications Mission Directorate I, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
 

Since joining the National Space Development Agency of Japan (current JAXA) in 1986, he engaged in research and development activities of Earth observation fields including the development of satellites. He has been in the current position since April 2013 and promotes planning and coordination on Earth observation satellites and communications/broadcasting satellites.

Special LectureTowards a Water-saving type Society

CO2 emissions from water-associated facilities in households and businesses account for about 5% of Japan’s total emissions. Water-saving equipment is thus effective in not just conserving water resources but in mitigating global warming. In this speech, the company’s vision for the environment, “TOTO GREEN CHALLENGE” and water-saving/hot water-saving equipment will be presented.

Yoshimi ShigenagaGeneral manager ESG promotion Department TOTO LTD.
 

Joined TOTO in 1989. He has been in the current position since October 2011 after having mainly engaged in the development of new products as a designing engineer of electric and electronic devices.

Abundant Water Supports Society

How can we secure water, which is essential to development, in a stable manner? The Maldives, a popular tourist destination in the Indian Ocean, is trying to answer this question through desalination technologies and thoroughly effective use of water resources. Japan's advanced technologies are making great contributions to their efforts.

Ahmed KhaleelAmbassador of the Republic of Maldives to Japan
 

After serving at posts including the country’s High Commission in Colombo and its Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Mr Khaleel has been the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan since December 2009.

Satoshi Takizawa Professor, Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
 

Born in 1959. He has a degree of Doctor of Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He has been in the current position since 2006. He has conducted
researches at several overseas institutions including Rhur University Bochum and the University of California at Davis. His research interests include management of groundwater in urban areas and water management in developing countries in Asia.

Coordinator
Hiroshi OginoSenior Project Officer, Cultural Projects and Business Development Division
 

Joined Asahi Shimbun Company in 1975. He held such positions as New York correspondent, editorial news writer, Deputy Editorial News Editor and Manager of Forum Coordination Office until 2012. He is currently teaching subjects including corporate governance and journalism as visiting professor at several universities.

Japan's Measures against Global Warming

Ryutaro YatsuVice-Minister, Ministry of the Environment
 

Joined the Environment Agency (currently the Ministry of the Environment) in 1976. He took his current position in July 2013 after serving at positions including Director of Climate Change Policy Office, Director-General of Minister’s Secretariat and Vice-Minister for Global Environment. He has represented the Japanese government in many international conferences on the environment.

Special LectureConserving Biodiversity and Contribution of ICT

Conserving biodiversity, along with creating a low carbon society and implementing closed loop recycling, is one of the major themes in the protection of the earth’s environment. We will introduce NTT’s efforts in conserving biodiversity, in particular the roles of ICT.

Hiromichi ShinoharaDirector and Executive Vice President
Director of Research and Development Planning Department
NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
 

Mr Shinohara joined NTT in 1978. In 2003, he was named head of the NTT Access Service System Research Institute. In 2007, he became a Director of the Information Sharing Laboratory Group. In 2009, he became Senior Vice President and Director of the Research and Development Planning Department. In 2012, he was elected to his current position.

Renewable Energy and Regional Governance

After the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear accident, an increasing number of regions and localities are aiming to achieve self-reliance in energy. Why are they trying to control electricity usage and to introduce renewable energy? Intensive discussion will be held among a representative of the Scottish public sector, former Tokyo Metropolitan Government official and a author on social issues.

Paul LewisManaging Director of Operations-Sectors & Commercialisation for Scottish Enterprise
 

Paul is responsible for the successful delivery of Scottish Enterprise's support to grow Scotland's key sectors in line with the Government Economic Strategy. In his career to date, Paul has helped deliver a range of flagship projects across the industry sectors such as Edinburgh's BioQuarter and Edinburgh International Conference Centre/Exchange. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh where he gained a BSc (Hons) and has an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School.

Jin Mayama Author
 

Born in 1962. After working as a reporter for a newspaper and a freelance writer, he debuted as an author in 2004, publishing "Vulture". In 2006, he published "Magma", featuring geothermal power generation. The book was made into a TV drama in 2012.

Teruyuki Ono Former Director-General of Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
 

Joined the Tokyo Metropolitan Government after graduating from Tokyo University (Economics). He engaged in environmental matters from 1998 and was instrumental in the metropolitan government's front-line initiatives such as the "Say No! to Dirty Diesel Campaign" and the "Tokyo Cap-and-Trade scheme". He retired from the government in July this year.

Coordinator
Toru IshiiSenior 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.

The Future of the Ultimate Ecological Car, Fuel Cell Vehicles

The mass production of the ultimate ecological car, fuel cell vehicles, which runs on hydrogen plus oxygen from the air, will start in 2015. Both reduction in prices and establishment of infrastructure for producing and supplying hydrogen will be indispensable for the vehicles to become common. The dreams and challenges of the vehicles will be explored.

Satoshi OgisoManaging Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation
 

Born in 1961. He took his current position in April 2013 and is in charge of the development of next-generation vehicles including fuel cell vehicles. He joint Toyota Motor Corporation in 1983 and became Chief Engineer for the second-generation Prius after working in the chassis design section.

Kenichiro Saito General Manager, Research & Development Planning Department, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
 

Born in 1958. He has been in his position since 2012 after joining Mitsubishi Oil (currently JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation) in 1981 and engaging in fuel development including hydrogen energy. He is also Chairman of the "The Research Association of Hydrogen Supply / Utilization Technology", which has been set up by energy-related and automobile companies.

Kazuo Shimizu Automobile Journalist
 

Born in 1954. He studied telecommunications at university. He became an automobile journalist while participating in domestic automobile endurance races. He is well versed in environmental issues as well as in driving theories and safety technologies for automobiles. He is also a visiting researcher of the Japan Automobile Research Institute.

Coordinator
Takayuki YasuiSenior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
 

Born in 1957. He joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1988 after working as a reporter for an economic magazine. He has been in his current position since 2005 after covering wide ranging areas including automobile industry, distributing industry, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Finance. He has written several books including "Excellent Companies in Future" (PHP Institute).

What the story of 4 billion years of life on Earth tells us about what on earth happens next?

Join Christopher Lloyd, author of global big history book What on Earth Happened? on an epic journey through 4 billion years of life on Earth. Using a visual narrative, easy enough for everyone to understand, he shows what natural forces have shaped the beautiful world we live in. He explains why biodiversity is so important for the future of life on Earth. And he demonstrates how a deep chronological understanding of the past can better inform us about the options ahead as humans face the challenge of a changing natural world. Most importantly, Mr Lloyd's talk is all about how effective communication of a big picture view of the past across all ages and subject disciplines is essential to fostering a big picture approach to the future.

Christopher LloydFounder and CEO of What on Earth Publishing Ltd
 

Christopher graduated with a double first in history from Cambridge in 1990 and went on to become the Technology Editor for The Sunday Times. He left in 2000 to become CEO of Immersive Education in Oxford before becoming an author in 2006. He established What on Earth Publishing Ltd in Spring 2010. He divides his time between lecturing, writing and running the new business.

"The Daily Planet"

An exploration of issues and opportunities arising in conveying environmental news as both the media and the environment enter a period of unprecedented and unpredictable change. In his 30th year as a science writer, Andrew Revkin of The New York Times and Pace University discusses how journalists and journalism can remain a vital and valued guide in a world in which information is free and overabundant.

Andrew RevkinScience and Environment Writer
 

Has covered science and the environment for 30 years in newspapers, magazines, three books, documentaries and his New York Times blog, Dot Earth, winning US top science journalism awards multiple times. He was a staff reporter at The Times from 1995 to 2009. He is senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University.

Two Key Words for Environment-related Social Business

We will discuss how campaigns and businesses can be created and maintained to attract a large number of people when "the environment" is the subject. We have found that there are two key words both NPOs and businesses regard as important.

Hasebe Ken President of non-profit organization "green bird" and member of Shibuya Ward Assembly, Tokyo
 

41 years of age. Born and brought up in Harajuku, Tokyo. As a producer of the town, he has engaged in activities such as the establishment of "Shibuya University Network, renovation of Miyashita Park, operation of "Haruno Ogawa Play Park" and the restoration of the Omotesando illuminations./p>

Natsuko Shiraki CEO & Chief Designer, HASUNA Co.,Ltd.
 

After graduating from London University, she worked at the United Nations as an intern and in the financial industry as well. In April 2009, she established HASUNA Co., Ltd. Was chosen in 2011 as one of "the Hundred People Who Will Restore Japan". She participated in the 2013 meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Coordinator
Daigo SatoChair of the Board and CEO, JustGiving Japan Foundation
 

He established in 1998 a non-profit organization, Dot-JP, which arranges for students' internship at politicians' offices. He has since actively supported challengers, whether they are profit-oriented or not, by launching the Japanese website of JustGiving, the world's largest donation site originated in Britain, in 2010 and ShootingStar, a cloud funding site, in 2013.