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Day1 Plenary Session

Opening Message "Voices for the Future"

Plenary Session "Environmental Technologies"

The role of scientific technologies to address the threat of climate change the Earth now faces is significant. How should we envision a new style of industrial society. What kind of mechanisms exit to bring about renovation? Various viewpoints will be raised.

Keynote Speech “The Management Codependent on Mother Earth”
Speaker
Yoshimitsu KobayashiPresident & CEO, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corpotration
 

Born in 1946. He completed his master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Basic Science at the University of Tokyo. In 1974, he joined Mitsubishi Chemical Industries Corporation (presently Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation). After serving as President of Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd, CTO of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and other positions, he has been in the current position since 2007. He has a PhD in Radiation Physics.

Panel Discussion
Panellists
Jeffrey SachsDirector of The Earth Institute and Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia University.
 

Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.

Renate Christ Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
 

She was appointed Secretary of the IPCC in 2004 after having served as Deputy Secretary from 1999 to 2004. She holds a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Biology and Geosciences from the University of Salzburg. A citizen of Austria, she worked for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission, prior to her assignment with the IPCC. She participated in the negotiations for the United Nations Framework on Climate Change as member of the Austrian Delegation as well as in the development of the Kyoto Protocol.

Norio Murakami Professor at Center for Global Communication of International University, Former President of Google Japan
 

Born in 1947. He joined Hitachi Electronics in 1970. After working at the Artificial Intelligence Technology Center of the US headquarters of Digital Equipment Corporation, he became a Vice President of Google Inc., US and President of Google Japan in 2003. He resigned from Google’s positions as Honorary Chairman of Google Japan in 2011. His co-authored books include “Declaration of Smart Japan - An Energy Policy for Economic Recovery”.

Commentator
Tomoko NaganoNewscaster and the Editor at Large of the Huffington Post Japan
 

Born in New Jersey, US. She joined Fuji Television in 1985 as an announcer. In 1990, she became a freelancer. She completed her course at the Graduate School of New York University in 1999. She became the newscaster of “The Scoop” of TV Asahi network in 2000. She has been the main newscaster of the same network’s “News Station SUNDAY”.

Coordinator
Akito KuwayamaScience and Medical News Editor of News Division, Tokyo Head Office of the Asahi Shimbun
 

He joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1987. After covering nuclear energy, the environment and advanced medical care in Tokyo and Osaka, he has been in the current position since January 2014. He has co-authored several books including “Truth of The EARTH” (Random House Kodansha).

Special TalkFor the Future - From the Frontlines of UN World Food Programme's Activities

The UN WFP brings food to more than 90 million people who suffer poverty and hunger in about 80 countries every year. Kurara Chibana became its first Ambassador to Japan at the end of last year. She will report on what she has learned and what she has been encouraged about from her visits to the frontlines of the organisation’s aid activities.

Guest
Kurara Chibana Model and National Ambassador against Hunger for Japan for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
 

Apart from being an exclusive front-page model for the “Domani” magazine (Shogakukan), she currently appears in many TV programmes and commercials. She became in 2007 a Celebrity Partner of the United Nations WFP. Since then she has paid visits to countries including Zambia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Last year, she was appointed as National Ambassador against Hunger for Japan for WFP.

Moderator
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.

Master of Ceremony
Yuko MurakamiAnnouncer of TV Asahi
 

Joined TV Asahi in 2001. She currently appears on several discussion and investigative news shows including “Live TV Until Morning!”, “The Scoop Special” and “Heated Debate! Crossfire” (BS Asahi), as well as on “Stories of Landscapes in Japan” on BS Asahi.

Day2 Separate Sessions

Peacock Room West

Session1 Former HalfLook Cool in Smart Cities

We, consumers of energy, have recently become able to produce, store and consume energy on our own. This is the endeavour called “Smart Cities”. We will discuss how future cities should be and what business opportunities there are.

Panellists
Tomoyasu KatoGeneral Manager, Kashiwanoha Urban Planning and Development Department, MITSUI FUDOSAN Co., Ltd.
 

Joined MITSUI FUDOSAN Co., Ltd. after graduating from the Faculty of Economics of Keio University in 1988. After serving at sections including Urban Development Department(Ⅰ)in Residential Development Division, Project Development Department in Residential Development Division, Project Development Department in Residential Development Division and Development Planning Department, as well as secondment to Mitsui Fudosan Residential Co., Ltd., he has been in the current position since April 2014.

Mamoru TaniguchiProfessor, Division of Policy and Planning Sciences, Information and Systems, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tsukuba
 

His area of expertise is city planning. He received his Dr Eng. from Kyoto University in 1990. After sieving at positions including Professor, Okayama University, he has been in the current position since 2009. He conducted his research at the University of California and Norwegian Institute for Urban and Residential Research. He is also a former member of Committee and former Chairperson of the Academic Board, The City Planning Institute of Japan.

Masato NobutokiExecutive Director for FutureCity Promotion, Yokohama City
 

Born in 1956. He graduated from the Department of Urban Engineering of the University of Tokyo. He started his career at Mitsubishi Corporation and served at the Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition and then as Project Professor of Graduate School of Frontier Sciences in the University of Tokyo before joining the City of Yokohama in 2007. At the City Office, he served at positions including Executive Director for Office of Urban Management Strategies, before taking the current position in April 2012. He has also served as a member of advisory committees for various government ministries including Ministry of the Environment.

Coordinator
Katsuhiko TagayaSenior 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.

Special LectureJR East’s Efforts for the Environment and CSR

Mr Yamamoto will present what JR East Group has been doing for the environment and CSR, based on the company’s “Energy and Environmental Strategy”, which was set out in “JR East Group Management Vision V –Ever Onward”.

Shinya YamamotoDeputy General Manager, Environmental Management Office, Management Planning Department, EAST JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY
 

Joined EAST JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY in 1988. After holding positions including Director and Manager of Management Planning Department of JR East Retail Net Co., Ltd., he has been in the current position since June 2013.

Session1 Latter HalfAntarctica and Arctic: How Should Japanese Relate to Them?
The Japanese Challenging Spirit Icebreaker Shirase Tells of

What do we learn from the polar regions of the Earth. Three men, who have been to Antarctica or the Arctic or sailed around the world alone through the oceans, which covers 70 % of the Earth’s surface, shares their experiences of each challenge with the audience and discuss “What one can do for the future of the Earth”.

Panellists
Kojiro Shiraishi Marine Adventurer
 

Dreaming of sailing across the ocean from his youth, he mastered his sailing skills while supporting yacht races. When he was 26 years old, he succeeded in becoming the youngest person to achieve nonstop, no-supply trip around the world using yacht boat.
Following his accomplishment, he broke a number of records in numerous adventure races. He now engages in activities to teach children the importance of dreams and living with the nature.

Kei TezukaChief Researcher, Antarctica Project Office, Misawa Homes Institute of Research and Development Co., Ltd.
 

In 2011, he became a senior researcher at Misawa Home Institute of Research and Development. He has been engaged in work concerning buildings built by Misawa Homes at Showa Station in Antarctica for more than 20 years. Whenever employees of the company join the members of the observation team to stay at Showa Station, he leads the comprehensive support team in Japan. He has good knowledge of most buildings at Showa Station.

Jiro MiyabeManaging Director, Weathernews Inc.
 

He has explored the Arctic navigation route in the company’s routing services that provide ships with safe and economical routes for their destinations. For better quality of the services, he has experienced voyages through the Arctic Ocean himself.

Coordinator
Kuninobu HirokawaDirector, WNI WXBunka Foundation
 

A graduate of Tokyo Metropolitan University, he founded in 1998 the Institute for Concept-design. He has been in the current position since 2009. Since 2012, he has been the main writer of a column, “Tensei Chigo” in the Chiba Edition of the Asahi Shimbun. He has written many books including “An Introduction to Weekend Writers” (Kodansha).

Session3 Former Half You Are the One to Decide: Options against Global Warming/Questionnaires for the Participants

Should we change the system of our society and our way of life in order to achieve zero-emission of CO2 by the end of this century? Or is zero-emission an unrealistic target, taking into account the need for stable economy? Should industrialized nations assist developing nations, given that the latter have suffered the result of the former’s CO2 emissions since the Industrial Revolution? Each option has its pros and cons. Let’s think together!
(Please answer the questions at the end of the entry form.)

Speaker
Seita EmoriChief, Climate Risk Assessment Section, Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies
 

He joined the National Institute for Environmental Studies in 1997 after finishing his PhD course at Tokyo University’s Graduate School. He has been in the current position since 2011. His areas of expertise are prediction of future global warming and risk theory. His main publications include “Abnormal Climate and Choice for Humans”. He is one of the main authors of IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.

Facilitator
Ekou Yagi Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Communication-Design, Osaka University
 

After finishing her course at Waseda University’s Graduate School, she joined a private-sector think tank, studying disaster psychology. She received PhD in Engineering from Tohoku University’s Graduate School. She has been in the current position since June 2005. Her major publications include “Distress over Scientific Grounds - From the Words of Victims - Post 3.11 Science and Politics” (Nakanishiya Publishing, 2013).

Special LectureCo-Innovation for the Future -Contribution to the Environment through ICT-

NTT aims to innovate the future in various fields by applying Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as value creation tool.
We will present the cases of NTT’s contributions to protecting the environment as well as solving social issues in various fields.

Hiromichi ShinoharaSenior Executive Vice President, NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
 

Joined NTT in 1978. In 2003, he was appointed as Vice President of the NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories. He became Senior Vice President of the Information Sharing Laboratory Group in 2007. In 2009, he became Member of the Board and Senior Vice President of the Research and Development Planning Department and also served at other major positions concerning research and planning. He has been in the current position since 2014.

Session3 Latter Half What the 2020 Tokyo Games Will Bring Us - For the Better Environment

Olympics and Paralympics games change the people and the place of the venue. What will the 2020 Tokyo Games thereafter bring to the city and to Japan? Let’s talk about the issue, together with the power and attractiveness of sport.

Speaker
Masato MizunoInternational Olympic Committee Sport and Environment Commission Expert Chairman of the Board, Mizuno Corporation
 

After graduating from the Faculty of Economics of Konan University, he joined Mizuno Corporation in 1966. He became President of the company in 1988 and has been in the current position since 2006. In 2011, he engaged in the bid to hold the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games in Tokyo as CEO of the Tokyo 2020 BID Committee. He was a Board member of the Japanese Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2013.

Session5 Former Half Ecological Life in Society with Declining Population

Population is to decline in Japan. Would it be possible to lead a fulfilling life without consuming much energy whether it is in urban or rural areas? Attempts to produce and spend energy within local areas have begun. The ways for ecological life will be discussed with the Mayor of Yubari City and other experts.

Panellists
Hitoshi IkumaManaging Director and Director of Center for the Strategy of Emergence, The Japan Research Institute, Limited
 

Born in 1958. After finishing his course at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering of Waseda University in 1983, he joined Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. In 1990, he joined the Japan Research Institute and mainly dealt with issues concerning the environment, energy and industrial policy. He became the Director of Center for the Strategy of Emergence in 2002 and has been a Managing Director since 2014.

Naomichi SuzukiMayor of Yubari City, Hokkaido
 

Born in 1981 in Saitama Prefecture. He joined the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in April 1999. He graduated from Hosei University while working. He was seconded to Yubari City for two years from 2008 and resigned from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in November 2010. He was elected as Mayor of Yubari City in April 2011 at the age of 30 years and one month.

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).

Special Lecture

Yoshikazu TanakaDeputy Chief Engineer, Product Planning Group, 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.

Session5 Latter Half KP Method: Presentation Techniques Developed from Experience in Environmental Education
How Can We Convey the Messages?

An analogue method of presentation that was developed at class rooms of environmental education has become popular. It is called “KP Method” (Picture-story show presentation). It is considered to be more effective than those using information technology, such as PowerPoint. After the presentation, the participants will talk to each other in “round table meetings” as well as to the presenter.

Speaker
Tadashi KawashimaChief Executive Director, Japan Environmental Education Forum
 

He started environmental education in the woods at KEEP Inc., which is located in Kiyosato, Yamanashi Prefecture, in 1984. He has been developing environmental education programmes based on on-site experience as well as working to develop human resources. He is also a board member of the Japanese Society of Environmental Education.

Peacock Room East

Session2 Former Half Urban Life and Global Warming – How to Live Comfortably in Tokyo in 2020

Tokyo has become warmer and warmer as a result of synergistic effects of global warming and heat island phenomenon. What will be the conditions like during mid-summer in 2020, when Olympic Games will be held in the city? What can we do about it? We will consider how to survive in scorching heat in cities, learning from the advanced endeavours of some European and Japanese cities.

Panellists
Finn MortensenExecutive Director of the State of Green
 

Since 2008 Executive Director of State of Green. Before then business editor of Berlingske Tidende (2002-2008), news editor of Borsen (1995-2002), economic and political specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen (1985-1995). Holds a Master’s Degree in Modern Languages. Born Feb 22, 1955.
Co-author of bestselling biography of Danish shipping magnate, Marsk Mc-Kinney Moller of A.P. Moller - Maersk, in 2008 together with Thomas Larsen.

Ikusei MisakaProfessor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Nippon Institute of Technology
 

Born in 1967 in Fukuoka Prefecture. He completed his course at the Graduate School of Tsukuba University in 1991. He has been in the current position since April 2012 after serving as Senior Researcher at the Technology Laboratory of Takenaka Corporation. He received his PhD (Engineering) from Kyushu University while he was working at the construction company. His areas of expertise are Architectural Environment Engineering and Urban Environment Engineering.

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.

Special LectureAiming to Contribute to the Environment through Water-related Products

Facing ever-increasing water shortages and the rise of global warming, TOTO Group is dedicated to sustaining the environment through the development of high-quality water-related products. In this lecture, the speaker will explain TOTO’s efforts to develop water-efficient products and their promotion.

Yoshimi ShigenagaGeneral Manager, ESG Promotion Department, TOTO LTD.
 

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

Session2 Latter Half The Way of Eating to Nurture the future

Humans have been acting on water, land and living beings and eaten the gifts from them. The diversity of agriculture and food is being lost from our society because of rapid progress of globalization. We will discuss what would be needed to manage sustainable eating.

Panellists
Yoichiro Sato Professor, KSU Future Center, Kyoto Sangyo University
 

He received PhD in Agriculture from Kyoto University. His expertise is in genetics and global environmental studies. He has been in the current position since October 2013 after taking positions including a researcher at the National Institute of Genetics, Professor at Research Institute for Humanity and Nature and Deputy Director of the Institute. His recent studies include the history of the relationship between the environment and agriculture, rice production at the time oil has been exhausted, and ethics of agriculture and eating.

Eiji TeramotoExecutive Director, Tourism Association of Ohnan-cho, Ochi-gun, Shimane Prefecture
 

Born in 1971 in Iwami-cho (present Ohnan-cho), Shimane Prefecture. He joined the Town Office of then Iwami-cho after graduating from Tokyo University of Agriculture. He also has the position of a section chief of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division of Ohnan-cho and is engaged in the promotion of the Town, utilising food ingredients available in the region. He is also an Advisor on Regional Power Creation for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

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).

Special LectureContribution to the Environment through Fluorocarbon-free Industrial Cooling System

Reduction in the emissions of fluorocarbon gases is required in wide-ranging areas from home appliances to industrial machines. We will present the outline of the Fluorocarbon-free Cooling System, which Panasonic developed first in the industry, as well as the company’s efforts to save energy in shops by connecting systems such as air conditioning and lighting through networks.

Tetsuro HommaExecutive Officer of Panasonic and Senior Vice President-Appliances Company
 

Joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd (present Panasonic) in 1985. After serving at sections including Managerial Planning Office, Audio and Video Sector,; Media Business Unit, AVC Network Company; and Corporate Planning Group, Corporate Strategy Division, he has been in the current position since 2013. He is in charge of Cold Chain & Home Appliances Business.

Session4 Former Half Japan's Measures against Global Warming

Speaker
Masaki Suzuki Vice-Minister, Ministry of the Environment
 

Joined the Ministry of Finance in 1978. At the Ministry of Finance, he served at positions including Deputy Director-General of the Budget Bureau. At the Ministry of the Environment, he served at positions including Director-General, Conservation Bureau, Director-General, Global Environment Bureau and Secretary General, Minister’s Secretariat before taking the current position in July 2014.

Special LecturePassing on to Future Children Forests that are Full of Life

Tree planting in various parts of the world is one of the major activities of AEON Environmental Foundation. In 2013, the accumulative number of trees the Foundation has planted reached 10 million. The roots of these tree planting activities and their details are to be presented.

Yuriko YamamotoSecretary General, AEON Environmental Foundation
 

Joined Jusco Co., Ltd. (present AEON Co., Ltd.) in 1988. After serving at sections including Personnel Department and Secretarial Department of Office of President, she has been in the current position since June 2014.

Session4 Latter Half Why Have Eels Disappeared? How Can We Preserve the Blessings of the Sea for Future Generations?

The Japanese Eel has been listed as an endangered species. Experts had been aware of the crisis since the 1990’s but no effective measures have been taken. The problem is not just about eels. What should we do to preserve the blessings of the sea for our children and grandchildren?

Panellists
Katsumi TsukamotoProfessor, College of Bioresource Sciences, Nihon University
 

Born in Okayama in 1948. He graduated from the Department of Fisheries Science, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo. After taking a position as a Professor at the Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, he has been a Professor at the Eel Research Laboratory of Nihon University since 2013. His area of expertise is marine life science. He discovered the spawning sites of eels for the first time in the world.

Toshio KatsukawaAssociate Professor, Faculty of Bioresources, Mie University
 

Born in Tokyo in 1972. He has engaged in the reform of Japanese fisheries policy, while studying the theory to sustainably manage marine resources. His publications include “Fishing Industry – a Problem Japan Faces” (NTT Publishing) and “Are Fish in Japan All Right?” (NHK Publishing).

Yuki KishiActress
 

She debuted as an actress in a TV drama, “The Signal is V”. After working as a caster of an agricultural TV programme, she practiced agriculture herself for 20 years in Yamanashi Prefecture. She has been a committee member of the Water Environment sub-Committee of the Central Environmental Advisory Council of the Ministry of the Environment for the past 10 years. She is also known as a painter and submits a major painting every year to Nikaten, a very prestigious art competition, and won a special award last year.

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.

Special LectureCo-operation and Competition among Genomes in Plant

Chloroplast and mitochondria are offspring of endosymbionts in the ancestral eukaryotic cell. Although these organelles have their own genomes, most of genes have been transferred to the host (nuclear) genome. During normal growth and development of the plant, these three genomes must work co-operatively. However, there is a competition among genomes for controlling cell activities. Topics on the plant organelle genomes will be discussed.

Toru TerachiProfessor, Faculty of Life Sciences, Kyoto Sangyo University
 

Born in 1960 in Hokkaido. He graduated from Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University and completed his course at Graduate School of Agriculture of the same University. He received a Doctorate in Agriculture from Kyoto University. He assumed the current position after serving as Professor at Faculty of Engineering of Kyoto Sangyo University. He has also been Director of Plant Organelle Genomics Research Center and Director of Research Institute of Advanced Technology of the University since 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Session6 Former Half Abundant Water and Humans - Eco Park Where Fresh Water Flows Ou

What is UNESCO “Eco Park” (Biosphere Reserve), to the list of which Japan’s Southern Alps and Tadami in Fukushima Prefecture were added in June this year? We will discuss what we can do to promote local communities where abundant forests that nurture fresh natural water and humans coexist, taking up the cases in the Japanese Southern Alps.

Panellists
Hiroyuki MatsudaProfessor, Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University
 

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture. He graduated from the Faculty of Science of Kyoto University and completed his biophysics Doctorate course (PhD in Biophysics) at the Graduate School of the University. In 2003, he became a Professor of the Graduate School of Yokohama National University. He is the former President of the Ecological Society of Japan, a member of DIVERSITAS Science Committee and a member of the World Heritage Regional Scientific Committees for Shiretoko and Yakushima.

Kazuhiro HiroseUNESCO Eco park Office Responsible Leader, Minami-Alps City
 

He has been engaged in the current project since the establishment of the Council for the Listing of Japan’s Southern Alps as Natural Heritage in 2007. He is a member of the Society of Research of Golden Eagle Japan and Society of Research of Birds of Prey in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Hisanori ShiozawaDirector, Ashiyasu Mountain Museum of Japanese Southern Alps
 

Born in 1942 in Kushigatamachi (currently Minami-Alps City). He familiarised himself to mountaineering at young ages and engaged in the research of Alpine plants and environmental issues in Japan’s Southern Alps. He continues these activities in his current position. He has many positions including a National Park instructor of the Ministry of the Environment and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Council for the Listing of Japan’s Southern Alps as Natural Heritage.

Coordinator
Masahiro YoneyamaAssistant Director, The Forest Culture Association
 

Joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1984. After serving at positions including staff writer at the Science and Medical News Sections in Tokyo and Osaka, he has been in the current position since April 2012. His responsibility includes editing of “the Green Power”, a monthly cultural magazine about forests and humans. The Forest Culture Association is an incorporated foundation that was established in 1978 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Asahi Shimbun, with “co-existence of mountains, trees and humans” as its basic concept.

Special LectureProduction in Coexistence with Nature

The speaker will elaborate on Suntory’s activities to protect the rich nature and the environment for clean, high quality water in the Japanese Southern Alps and to promote nurturing of water sources, while aiming to materialise the company’s corporate message, “Suntory, Bringing Water to Life”, and the factory that is among the most environment-friendly in the industry.

Takeshi KusakabeGeneral Manager, Minami Alps Hakushu Water Plant, SUNTORY PRODUCTS LIMITED
 

Joined Suntory in 1980 after graduating from the Faculty of Commerce of Keio University. After experiences including sales, material purchase and factory management, he has been in the current position since 2008. In addition to the overall management of the natural water factory, he has been engaged in the promotion of environment-friendly management of the whole Hakushu site as well as in activities to protect water sources and in environmental communication.

Session6 Latter Half Let’s Talk about the Earth with the King of Skiing

Mr Kenji Ogiwara, gold medalist in Winter Olympics, will raise the issue of changing Earth he has felt through skiing. Participants will then exchange views among those sitting nearby, joined by students, who represent the next generation, and come up with a “Commitment for the Future”.

Speaker
Kenji OgiwaraGold Medallist at Winter Olympics
 

He won a gold medal in the team completion at the Albertville Winter Olympics when he was a student at Waseda University, instantly gaining recognition as one of the world’s top skiers. He consecutively won a gold medal at the following Lillehammer Winter Olympics.
At World Cup, he has won 19 times in total, including 3 consecutive wins at Individual Combined, praised as “The King of Skiing”.
He was elected a member of the House of Councillors of Japan’s Diet in 2004. He worked hard on the promotion of sports and on issues concerning education and the environment until his term expired in 2010. He is currently the General Manager of the Skiing Team of Kitano Construction Corp.

Moderator
Kazue MurayamaEnvironmental Education Coordinator
 

After extensive work experiences at foreign-owned companies and the United Nations Environment Programme (in France), she joined an environmental education NGO in Japan, where she engaged in numerous environmental education initiatives and workshops for young people. She became independent in 2013 and has been actively engaging in such works as consultation for overseas NGOs.