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Day1Plenary Session

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 “ANN Super J Channel (Saturday)”.

Keynote Panel Discussion
"Prospects for a Paris Agreement"

Stakes are high for a Paris Agreement on greenhouse gas emission regulations after 2020. There are high hopes for an effective agreement because Chana and the United States world’s two biggest emitter countries, have demonstrated their willingness to cooperate for curbing emissions. Can the world take steps towards decarbonization after the Paris meeting? Experts from major countries will discuss the important topic.

Panel Discussion

Panelists
Thierry DanaAmbassador of France to Japan
 

Born in 1956. Joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs after graduating from ENA (National School of Administration). After serving at positions including Director-General of Asian and Oceanic Affairs, he took a leave of absence from the Ministry in 2005 and established a consulting company to advise major corporations on international strategies. He returned to the diplomatic service and was appointed to the current position in June 2014.

Heather Zichal Former Deputy Assistant to President Obama for Energy and Climate Change
 

As President Obama's top advisor, Zichal coordinated policy development and implementation on energy and climate change across the administration. She helped to shape and execute many of the president's top energy and climate priorities, including establishing historic new fuel economy standards.During her time in the federal government, Zichal has been a strong and steady voice for policies that reduce United States' dependence on foreign oil, protect public health and environment, and address global climate change.She grew up in Iowa and is a graduate of Rutgers University.

He Kebin Professor and Dean of School of Environment, Tsinghua University
 

His areas of expertise are air pollution, PM2.5, urban sustainability and climate change. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering in Tsinghua University in 1985, 1987 and 1990, and became a professor in 1996. Dr. He was a visiting scholar in Technical University of Demark in 1993, in University of Leeds in UK in 1996, and in Harvard University in 1997 and 2001.

Hikaru KobayashiProject Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Environmental Design and Governance Program,
Keio University
 

After graduating from Keio University, Prof. Kobayashi joined the present Ministry of the Environment (formerly the Environment Agency) in 1973. He was in charge of inviting to Japan the 3rd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and handled domestic and international negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol. He was appointed as Vice Minister of the Environment in July 2009. After retirement from government in 2011, Dr. Kobayashi served as a professor at Keio University until he took up current positions in April 2015. He has published a number of books on Japan’s pollution experiences as well as on eco-housing.

Yukari TakamuraProfessor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
 

After graduating from Kyoto University (Bachelor of Laws) and receiving Master in Laws (Public International Law) from Hitotsubashi University, she was appointed Associate Professor of Public International Law at Shizuoka University (1998-2004), Associate Professor (2004-2006) and Professor (2006-2011) of Public International Law at Ryukoku University, and Professor of International Law at Nagoya University (since 2011). She also studied at Graduate School of University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) (1993-1995) and was Visiting Researcher at University of London (2000-2001).

Coordinator
Yoichi NishimuraManaging Director (Executive Editor) of
the Asahi Shimbun
 

Nishimura has been working for The Asahi Shimbun since 1981 just after graduating from Tokyo University. He served at positions including Moscow correspondent, Washington Bureau Chief, Political Editor, Deputy Managing Editor, Digital Editor, and Op-Ed Editor before becoming Managing Editor in 2010. He became a Board Director (in charge of Digital Business and International Affairs) in 2013. He has been Executive Editor since September 2014 and in the current position since June 2015. He has also been the Corporate Representative Director of The Huffington Post Japan since April 2013.

Special Talk "Contributing to the Global Environment through Innovation in Technology"

Professor Nakamura, who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of blue LED, will talk about how innovation in technology can contribute to the efforts to address environmental issues. Ms. Takigawa, who has actively engaged in the protection of wild life, will present her activities and discuss with Professor Nakamura various topics concerning the global environment.

Speaker
Shuji Nakamura Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics
 

Shuji Nakamura was born in Ehime, Japan on May 22, 1954. He obtained his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of Tokushima in 1979 and 1994, respectively. He succeeded in growing high quality InGaN layers exhibiting blue emission in 1992, a world’s first. He then succeeded in inventing the first high efficient double-hetero structure blue light emitting diode (LED) using an InGaN emitting layer and commercialized them in 1993. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014 due to this invention.

Moderator
CHRISTEL TAKIGAWANewscaster
 

Born in France in 1977. She served as anchor woman for NEWS JAPAN broadcasted on Fuji Television from 2002 to 2009. Appeared in Global Debate WISDOM (NHK BS1) and other programs. Awarded Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2013. Advisor of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympics Games. Advisor of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan. Founder and Chairperson of Christel Vie Ensemble Foundation.

Day2 Separate Sessions

Peacock Room West

Session1 Part 1(Workshop) Navigation towards Decarbonization

“An 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2050” is the target Japan has announced. To achieve this, what kind of society and life should we aim for? Let’s decide ourselves on the source of energy to use and the lifestyle to lead. Simulation will be conducted interactively with the audience.

Panelists
Yuhji MatsuoSenior Researcher, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
  Yuhji Matsuo is a senior economist at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). His academic background is in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics. Since joining the IEEJ in 2007, he has been in charge of researches in the fields of energy modeling, energy economics and nuclear policies.
Junichi Fujino Senior Researcher, National Institute for Environmental Studies
 

He joined NIES since 2000. He is a member of joint committee on Japanese INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions), an advisory committee member of “FutureCity” initiatives, and also Iitate village revitalization planning committee member since August 2011. He received B.S/M.S/Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, and visits many Asian countries/cities to make LCS (Low Carbon Society) happen.

Pranab BaruahSenior Researcher & Manager at Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Visiting researcher at Oxford University Environmental Change Institute (ECI)
 

Born in Assam, India. Studied and worked in Japan, the UK, India, and Thailand. Transdisciplinary researcher and consultant specializing in energy transition strategy, business sustainability and environmental remote sensing. Prior experiences include large analytical and strategy projects at the University of Tokyo and University of Oxford, and for multinational corporations.

Coordinator
Toru IshiiSenior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
 

Since the Kyoto Conference (COP3 of the UN Framework 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.

Special LectureInformation and Communications to Support Fulfilling Future

NTT group is not just taking on a reduction of environmental impact, but also attempting to realize a fulfilling society toward the future. We will present our activities and contributions for achieving this goal.

Mitsuyoshi KobayashiExecutive Vice President of Technology Planning, Member of the Board, NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
 

Joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (present-day NTT) in 1982. After serving at positions including General Manager of NTT West’s Okayama branch, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NTT West’s Service Management Department, he became in 2012 a Member of the Board and Senior Vice President of the Technology Planning Department of NTT and concurrently served as Senior Vice President of NTT’s Strategic Business Development Division. He has been in his current position since June 2014.

Session1 Part 2Japan's Measures to Address Global Warming

Speaker
Soichiro SekiVice-Minister, Ministry of the Environment
 

Graduated from the Faculty of Technology of Tokyo University in 1978 and joined Environmental Agency (currently Ministry of the Environment). In 1997, he engaged in COP3 preparations as well as in legislation to promote measures against global warming. After serving at positions including Director-General of Global Environment Bureau, he took up the current position in August 2015.

Making Tokyo a City of Comfort-"Hydrogen-oriented City and the Games"

Speaker
Yoichi Masuzoe Governor of Tokyo
 

Born in Fukuoka in 1948. Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law. Became director of the Masuzoe Institute of Political Economy after serving as assistant professor at the university. Elected as a member of the House of Councilors in 2001. Served in several positions, including chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, acting chairman of the Committee on Budget and the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare. Elected as Governor of Tokyo in February, 2014.

Session3 Part 1 (Panel Discussion) "Hydrogen Society" is Coming! - Dreams and Challenges

Fuel cell vehicles have hit the market, making us feel that “hydrogen society” is becoming a reality. What kind of place is a “hydrogen society”? How will hydrogen change our lives? Will it show us the way to overcome environmental issues?

Panelists
Kiyotaka IseSenior Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation
 

Born in 1955. Earned his master’s degree in precision engineering at Kyoto University and joined Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (presently Toyota Motor Corporation) in 1980. Engaged in the development of new cars, including leading the development of the RAV4. Became a senior managing officer and a director of the company in 2013 after serving as managing officer. Now serves as chief officer for both the R&D Group and the Motor Sports Group.

Shintaro MatsumotoDirector General, New Energy Technology Department, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
(NEDO)
 

Born in 1971. Finished his graduate study at the Department of Chemical System Engineering, the Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo in 1996, and joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (currently the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) in the same year. Served in several sections in the Ministry including the Chemical Management Policy Division and the Trade Control Policy Division before taking up the positions of Couselor at the Cabinet Office's Support Team for Residents Affected by Nuclear Incidents in 2012, and Director at the Reconstruction Agency in 2014, respectively. Assumed his current position in August 2015.

Hiroyoshi KomadaExecutive Director, Business Startup & Investment Promotion Department, Fukuoka City Government
 

Joined the Fukuoka City Government in April 1987. Assumed his present position in April 2012 after serving as secretary to the mayor and working in the Port & Harbor Bureau and various other departments. Leader of a number of innovative projects, including the Hydrogen Leader City Project and the National Strategic Economic Growth Area “Startup City” creation project.

Coordinator
Takayuki Yasui Senior 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).

Session3 Part 2 (Panel Discussion) Amazing Efficiency - Living in a Smart House/City

You generate your own electricity, store and use it wisely. You can achieve a surprising level of energy efficiency in a smart house/city. How comfortable is the actual life there? How are related businesses rolling out?

Panelists
Shinji YamamuraExecutive General Manager, Principal Consultant, Nikken Sekkei Research Institute
 

Born in 1962. Completed his course at Graduate School of Tokyo University. Joined the facility designing section of Nikken Sekkei in 1989. He has been in the current position since 2006. He is specialized in urban ecological consideration and low carbon planning and has been practicing his expertise in both domestic and overseas projects.

Yoshinori AriyoshiExecutive Officer,
Head of Central Research Laboratory and Senior Department Manager of Product Development Department,
DAIWA HOUSE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
 

Joined Daiwa House Industry in 1982 after graduating from Kyoto Institute of Technology. He worked in the product development of apartments and houses and became an Executive Officer in 2014. He concurrently serves as Head of Central Research Laboratory in Nara, engaging in the development of unique technologies and creation of new technologies.

Coordinator
Katsuhiko Tagaya Senior Staff Writer, of the Asahi Shimbun
 

Katsuhiko Tagaya was born in Kobe in 1962. He joined The Asahi Shimbun in1988 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.

Session5 Part 1 (Panel Discussion) Making Tokyo a City of Comfort-"Hydrogen-oriented City and the Games"

How will Tokyo have been transformed by summer in 2020, when Olympics and Paralympics games will take place? Let’s discuss environmental city-building, focusing on energy efficiency and “hydrogen society”.

Keynote Speech (Recorded Video)
Yoichi Masuzoe Governor of Tokyo
 

Born in Fukuoka in 1948. Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law. Became director of the Masuzoe Institute of Political Economy after serving as assistant professor at the university. Elected as a member of the House of Councilors in 2001. Served in several positions, including chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, acting chairman of the Committee on Budget and the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare. Elected as Governor of Tokyo in February, 2014.

Panelists
Eiji Ohira Director, New Energy Technology Dept., New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
 

Graduated from Tokyo University of Science in March 1992, and joined the New Energy and Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in April of the same year. Dispatched to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a visiting researcher, subsequently serving as both Deputy Director at NEDO’s Representative Office in Bangkok, and Director of the Electricity Storage Technology Development Division, before taking up the current position in April 2013.

Coordinator
Toru Ishii Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
 

Since the Kyoto Conference (COP3 of the UN Framework 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.

Session5 Part 2 Decline of Japan as "Fishing Nation" and Crisis of Fish - How can we protect the seas?

Tuna catches are dwindling. So are bonitos. We hear an outcry of fishermen. Japan’s fish catches have rapidly been shrinking. On the other hand, fishery’s decline is said to be occurring only in Japan. How can we save Japan’s fishery, and fish, for that matter?

Panelists
Masayuki Komatsu Senior Researcher,
The Tokyo Foundation
 

Joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1977. Held positions such as Japan’s deputy commissioner to the International Whaling Commission and the chairman of the FAO’s Committee on Fisheries. Gained experience at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Served in several positions, including Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, before taking up his current position in July 2015. Author of a number of books including “Umiwa Dareno Monoka (literally ‘Who Owns the Seas’).”He received his Ph. D. in agriculture from Tokyo University and MBA from Yale University.

Yoshikatsu IkutaRepresentative Executive Director, Seafood Smart
 

Born in 1962 in Tsukishima, Tokyo. After finishing high school, he became the third generation head of his family’s business of tuna intermediate wholesaler “Suzuyo” in Tsukiji Fish Market. While engaging in his tuna business, he has been promoting fish diet through speaking opportunities and writing books. He is the author of many books including “Why have atka mackerels, once such big fish, become this small?”

Momoko Kitada Assistant Professor, World Maritime University
 

Dr. Momoko Kitada is a former seafarer and works as Assistant Professor at World Maritime University in Sweden. Her research interests lie in gender, multiculture, human element, welfare, education, and energy issues in shipping. She is engaged internationally as an Associate Researcher at the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC), UK and as a Guest Lecturer at Open University, Japan.

Masaaki Taira State Minister, Cabinet Office; Member of the House of Representatives
 

Born in 1967. Took over the family business and became the third president of Yamakuni, an intermediate wholesaler of fruit and vegetables at Tokyo’s Ota Wholesale Market. Served as President of the Junior Chamber International Tokyo. Has been a member of the House of Representatives for four terms since 2005. Serves as State Minister of the Cabinet Office in charge of regional revitalization, National Strategic Special Zones and “Cool Japan” strategies.

Coordinator
Mariko Takahashi Senior 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.

Peacock Room East

Session2 Part 1 (Recitation of Play) “Wings to Fly over the Ariake Sea”

Isahaya Bay used to be full of living creatures. How has it changed since the closure of water gates? A drama between creatures such as crabs and fish and humans such as fishermen and scientists will be presented in recitation.

Performer
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Yoshiko NozakiActress and stage director
 

Dispatched by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and to the Moscow Art Theatre School as an overseas trainee, and subsequently studied directorial technique under Valery Belyakovich at Yugo-Zapad Theatre in Moscow. Served as stage director for a range of works, including Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” and “Zange 1945” (by Yoko Yonaiyama).

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Hideo WatanabeVoice Actor and Actor
 

Member of Liberta. Has performed in a range of works as voice actor, including TV programs and CMs (as narrator) as well as animation works, such as “Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star” (acting as Uzaina and Korone), “NARUTO” (as Yura), and “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” (as Lü Bu and Ma Su). Also performed on stage as an actor, including in “Twelfth Night” (acting as Duke Orsino) and “Zange 1945” (as Sawaguchi).

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Shuntaro TanakaBaritone singer
 

Doctoral student and major in solo performance at the Graduate School of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. Has studied under Hidetoshi Moriyama, Akiya Fukushima, Giannicola Pigliucci, and Yasuko Hayashi. Performed as bass soloist in “Stabat Mater” (by Dvorak), in “Epitaffi per Federico Garcia Lorca” (by Luigi Nono), “Nanbu Minyo Shu” (by Yoritsune Matsudaira), and in the title role in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” Also often performs as a soloist in liturgical music.

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Kazuyuki HagaComposer
 

Graduated from Leeds College of Music (Jazz BA Hons). Majored in Jazz drums and composition. After the graduation, he has been composing for visual images, musicals and performing arts back in Tokyo.
Works: "Audi A1 x Bose", "Tokyo-dome Hotel wedding", "XBOX - Kinect", and many more.

Producer
Akiko IijimaAssociate Professor, Kanda University of International Studies
 

Born in Tokyo. Earned her doctoral degree in science from Toho University’s Graduate School of Science. Member of the study group on Isahaya Bay, the Japanese Association of Benthology. Member in charge of rocky shores for the Ministry of the Environment’s Monitoring Sites 1000 project. Representative of Flyway, a theater planning group focusing on the environment.

Session2 Part 2 (Panel Discussion) Mangroves – Savior of the Future of the Earth?

Would preservation and recovery of mangroves lead to protecting seaside areas from natural disasters as well as to contributing to curbing global warming? Let’s discuss what the magnificent plants can do.

Panelists
Toyohiko Miyagi Professor, Tohoku-Gakuin University
 

Completed his Ph. D. course at Graduate School of Science in Tohoku University. His areas of expertise are natural geography, geomorphology, and geoecology. He has been conducting research on the relations between the locational changes of mangroves’ ecosystem and environmental changes as well as assessment of the danger of landslides. He belongs to Japan Society of Mangroves and other academic associations. 64 years old.

Tomomi InoueSenior Researcher, Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, National Institute for Environmental Studies
 

Received her doctorate (science) at Chiba University Graduate School of Science and Technology. Currently working as a Senior Researcher at the Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies of the National Institute for Environmental Studies, where she undertakes research on the nutrient absorption function of mangroves.

Yukira MochidaProfessor, Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University
 

Studied phytosociology at Yokohama National University under the mentorship of Professor Akira Miyawaki. Undertook research on mangroves with Professor Takao Kikuchi while working at Tohoku University. As he has conducted surveys in the Antarctic as a member of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition as well as surveys in deserts, he has been engaged in extensive surveys on vegetation in places ranging from the tropics to the Polar Regions.

Coordinator
Shigeyuki Baba Executive Director, International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems
 

Worked at the Faculty of Agriculture, the University of the Ryukyus from 1978 to retirement in 2013. Participated in the establishment of the International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME) in 1990 and became the director of the organization. Executive director of ISME since 2003. Professor emeritus, the University of the Ryukyus, after retiring from the university.

Session4 Part 1 (Panel Discussion) Impact of Global Warming on Harvest Seasons and Production Areas for Agricultural Produce

Temperature rise as a result of global warming would make it impossible to continue the same way to grow fruits and vegetables. Their taste may change, and areas suited for their production may shift. Some of such signs have already been observed. Let’s think about the environment in terms of food.

Panelists
Toshihiko Sugiura Chief Researcher, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
 

Born in Anjo City, Aichi Prefecture in 1963. After graduating from Kyoto University’s Faculty of Agriculture in 1987, began conducting research into the relationship between fruit trees and climate at the National Institute of Fruit Tree Science. Author of a book on the influence of the progress of global warming on agriculture and food. A Doctor of agriculture and specialist in agricultural meteorology.

Kuniko ShojiOwner, Fruit and Vegitable Store "Fujien Saijiki"
 

Born as second daughter of a family that operated a tea store in a shopping district near Shimomaruko Station, Tokyu Tamagawa Line. After working as a professional of fruit and vegetable distribution for 25 years at the Ota Market in Tokyo, she returned to the shopping district where she was born and brought up. In 2008, she refurbished her family home to open a unique fruit and vegetable store "Fujien Saijiki"

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).

Session4 Part 2 (Panel Discussion) Fresh for 100 Years - Water Cycle from Forests to Cities

Last year, the Basic Act on Water Cycle entered into force, designating water as a “common asset of Japanese citizens”. Water, the origin of life, causes natural disasters and, these days, attracts attention from business viewpoints. How can we deal with water, while protecting its quality?

Panelists
Yutaka Takahashi Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
 

Born in 1927. Specialist in river engineering. Received the 2015 Japan Prize in recognition of his contribution to reducing water-related disasters based on the concept of comprehensive flood control, which he proposed to reduce flood damage across a river basin. Author of several books, including those on “Changes Made to National Land and Floods” and on “Rivers that Reflect Society.”

Masakazu Oshiba Vice Mayor, Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture
 

Graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University. Employed by former Nagasaka Town and subsequently engaged in policy coordination, planning and education for Hokuto City. Assumed the present position in April 2014. Read out on behalf of Hokuto City its statement on protecting its precious local water and mountain environment in June 2015.

Makoto MuraseCEO of Institute on SkyWater Harvesting
 

While working at Tokyo’s Sumida Ward government, he advised on rain water harvesting at facilities including Ryogoku Sumo Hall, Tokyo Skytree, and Taipei Zoo. He has been engaged in a social project in Bangladesh to save people from drinking water shortage through harvesting sky water. Current positons include CEO of Institute on SkyWater Harvesting, Chairman of Skywater Bangladesh Ltd., and Visiting Professor at Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toho University.

Coordinator
Tomoaki Ito Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
 

Born in Aichi Prefecture. Assumed his present position after serving as staff writer of the city news section and editorial writer. Began reporting on water environment-related problems after having become concerned about the serious drought of 1994 and issues related to the construction of the Nagara River estuary barrage. Lived for two years in an area afflicted by the Great East Japan Earthquake to report on the local situation.

Special LectureUnderstanding Water Cycle

Suntory has been promoting “Natural Water Sanctuary” activities, which preserve forests that recharge water, for sustainability of groundwater used in the company’s plants. Scientific research of water cycle constitutes the basis of the activities. The speaker will talk about such research and activities by Suntory.

Reiji WatanabeSenior General Manager, Institute for Water Science, Suntory Global Innovation Center Limited
 

Born in 1961. Graduated from the Faculty of Technology of Kyoto University in 1984 and joined Suntory (currently Suntory Holdings Limited). After serving in research and development of beverage production, he worked in beverage factories in Japan and China. He has been in the current position since 2014.

Session6 Part 1 (Panel Discussion) Local Production and Consumption of Energy - Reports from the World

In many parts of the world, small-scale power generation companies are growing through utilization of renewable energy for local consumption. They are not just generating electricity. They make use of local natural resources, leading to development of human resources and vitality of the local regions.

Panelists
Tri MumpuniExecutive Director, IBEKA, Indonesia
 

Tri Mumpuni (Puni) is an agriculture engineer. She has been campaigning to replace diesel power generation with renewable energy for decades. She develops micro hydropower to provide electricity in rural areas for development and economic growth. Her current project is introduction of “energy garden” in remote villages with an aim to produce castor oil from jatropha plants to replace kerosene. She holds a number of positions to help the Energy and Mineral Resources Department.

Teisuke SuzukiExecutive Vice President, Suzuhiro Kamaboko Co., Ltd.
 

Born in a family that has run a traditional Japanese fishcake company "Suzuhiro Kamaboko" for 150 years, he presently serves as executive vice president after 10 years of business experience in USA. He is the founder and president of "Network of business leaders and Entrepreneurs for a sustainable Business and Energy Future", which was founded in 2012 and has 350 members of small to mid-size companies throughout Japan. He also promotes sustainable and local based energy system that does not rely on nuclear power.

Eiju Hangai President, Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association
 

As a former executive of Tokyo Electric Power Company, I wholeheartedly apologize for the nuclear incident in Fukushima. I come from Minamisoma City of Fukushima Prefecture. Based on my determination to develop human resources to carry out the recovery of Fukushima, I established the Minamisoma Solar-Agri Park to support elementary to high school students.

Coordinator
Mamiko Takahashi Editorial Writer at The Asahi Shimbun
 

Joined The Asahi Shimbun Company in 1988 and worked as a reporter at several local bureaus before starting to work as a staff economic writer in 1992, covering such areas as finance and social security policies. Served as a deputy editor of Ronza, a monthly magazine, and The Asahi Shimbun Globe before taking up her current position in 2010. She writes extensively on themes such as the reconstruction of Fukushima, information and communication, new technologies and power and energy. Co-author of “Kinyu Doran (Financial Upheavals)” (The Asahi Shimbun Company).

Session6 Part 2 (Panel Discussion) Climate Change Provides Business Opportunities

In the Silicon Valley, companies called “green-tech” or “clean-tech” are attracting attention. They are venture businesses that see business opportunities in climate change. Let’s discuss their prospects with Japanese entrepreneur Mr. Takafumi Horie.

Panelists
Takafumi Horie Founder of SNS Inc.
 

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1972. Founded SNS Inc. Mainly engages in the development of rocket engines. Has also produced smartphone applications “TERIYAKI” and “755.” Displays his abilities in a range of fields
http://horiemon.com/

Nadeem Sheikh Senior Vice President & General Manager, International, Opower
 

Nadeem is responsible for all aspects of Opower’s international growth strategy as well as day to day operations outside the Americas. Most recently, Nadeem led the development of Opower’s business and teams in Asia, establishing the company’s regional headquarters in Singapore. Prior to joining Opower in 2010, Nadeem was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He earned his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Naoki OtaChief Technology Officer, 24M Technologies, Inc.
 

After establishing a solid business network in Japan by working at Nagase Co., LTD. Ota has directly contributed to the growth of a series of start-up companies such as Quallion, Ener1, and 24M Technologies, Inc. In 2009, as COO, Ota successfully transitioned Ener1 to a NASDAQ listed company. Ota received the R&D100 award together with the team at Argonne National Laboratory in 2008.

Coordinator
Masahiro Sugiyama Assistant Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute,
the University of Tokyo
 

Masahiro Sugiyama is an assistant professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo. He received a Ph.D. in climate science and a master’s degree in technology and policy, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an expert on global climate policy, and joined the faculty of the University of Tokyo in 2014.