Monday, September 13 Symposium

Sakihito Ozawa

Minister of the Environment

After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Mr. Ozawa worked for the Bank of Tokyo. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1993, at the age of 39. He was the chair of the Democratic Party of Japan’s National Rallying and Canvassing Committee. Mr. Ozawa will chair the COP10 meeting in Aichi in October this year.

His Royal Highness Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, the Netherlands

Chairman, United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)

Prince Willem-Alexander was born in 1967 and is the first in line of succession to the throne. He is married to Princess Máxima and they have three daughters. He is the chair of the Water Advisory Committee in the Netherlands. In 1998, the Prince became the Patron of the Global Water Partnership, which was established by the World Bank, the United Nations and the Swedish Ministry of Development Cooperation with the aim of achieving integrated water management by turning international environmental agreements into concrete programmes and projects. He was the Chair of the Second World Water Forum in The Hague in 2000. He became the Member of the Panel of Eminent Persons in 2002 convened at the request of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to issue recommendations for the UN conference on sustainable development in Johannesburg.
As the Chair of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation since 2006, he makes a personal contribution to solving water-related problems all over the world. The Board was set up in 2004 by Kofi Annan to advise him on practical measures that could be taken to achieve the Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation. The Prince believes that solving the problems relating to access to water and sanitation will play a central role in eradicating poverty and bringing about sustainable development. The UN's goal is to halve, by 2015, the number of people who have no sustainable access to safe drinking water or sanitation. One of the main instruments for achieving this goal is integrated water management.The Prince is deeply committed to these aims. He has therefore visited many companies and organisations that are active in the water sector, both to keep abreast of the latest developments, and, where possible, to provide a contribution himself. He believes that if people are more aware of the importance of water, they will turn their words into deeds.

Olivia Lum

Group CEO of Singapore's Hyflux Group

In 1989, Olivia Lum started a small water treatment company, Hydrochem (S) Pte. Ltd., the precursor of Hyflux Ltd. Known as the "Water Queen," Ms. Lum has received widespread acclaim for making Hyflux into a global provider of integrated water solutions, with operations and projects spanning Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. By leveraging its integrated platform and proprietary membrane technologies, Hyflux provides sustainable solutions in all areas of the water business, from desalination to water recycling and waste water treatment. Ms. Lum sits on the boards of a number of companies and is president of the Singapore Compact for CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). She graduated from the National University of Singapore with an Honors degree in Science.

Patrick Cronin

Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security

Dr. Cronin has had a 25-year career inside government and academic research centers, specializing in defense, foreign policy and development assistance. This has included working at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He also taught at Georgetown and the Johns Hopkins universities. After graduating from the University of Florida, he obtained his Masters Degree and Ph.D from Oxford. Dr. Cronin has authored many books, including "Global Strategic Assessment, 2009: America's Security Role in a Changing World" (NDU Press, 2009).

Ding Huan Shi

Counselor to the Chinese State Council

Ding Huan Shi worked for China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) for more than 20 years. While he held many important positions, including serving as secretary general of MOST, he was also deeply involved in a wide range of other fields, such as energy, transportation, the environment and technological innovation. On four occasions, he participated in drawing up the Five-Year National Science and Technology Development Plan. Since he was appointed counselor to the State Council in 2004, Mr. Shi has served as one of the key advisers to the Chinese government on new strategies. He currently also holds top positions in a further four organizations, including the China Renewable Energy Society (CRES), and has a deep knowledge of and insight into climate change issues and international cooperation.

Yasuchika Hasegawa

Vice Chairman of Keizai Doyukai (The Japan Association of Corporate Executives)
President, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd.

After being involved in personnel management, Mr. Hasegawa moved on to work in international business. He accepted a variety of senior posts, such as president of TAP Holdings, Inc. in 1995 and general manager of the Pharmaceutical International Division in 1998, and was appointed to his present position in 2003. While working in the U.S., he turned Takeda into one of the most profitable firms in the industry by developing new markets for drugs to combat stomach ulcers and other diseases. With his energy and proficiency in English, he has developed an extensive network of contacts both in Japan and overseas. He was appointed chairman of the Growth Strategy Council of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and his active participation and debating skills have attracted widespread attention. Since May 2010, he has also served as president of the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association.

Yoichi Funabashi

Editor-in-Chief, The Asahi Shimbun

Dr. Yoichi Funabashi joined The Asahi Shimbun in 1968. After assignments as the newspaper's correspondent in Beijing and Washington, D.C., as well as serving as chief of the American General Bureau and a columnist, he was appointed in 2007 to his current post, which was revived after a 30-year hiatus. He was awarded the Vaughn-Ueda prize in 1986 and the Japan Press Award in 1994. Amongst his many books are "The Peninsula Question: A Chronicle of the Second Korean Nuclear Crisis (The Brookings Institution, 2007)," "Alliance Adrift (Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1998)" and "Managing the Dollar: From The Plaza to The Louvre (Institute for International Economics, 1988)."

Shinichi Takemura

Professor, Kyoto University of Art & Design

Born in 1959, Professor Takemura completed a doctoral course in cultural anthropology at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo. He has been involved in planning, promoting and pioneering social experimental projects with the theme of the global environment, including Tangible Earth (2005, winner of the Good Design Award Gold Prize), Candle Night, Sensorium (1997, winner of the Ars Electronica Golden Nica), and the ubiquitous mobile phone navigation system Ubiquitous Museum (2005, winner of the World Summit Award, Japan). He is the author of many books, including "Towards a Planetary Culture" (PHP) and "Water" (World Photo Press).


   Masaki Nomura Announcer, TV Asahi Corporation
Born in Yokohama, she joined TV Asahi Corp. in 1998 and has worked on such programs as "Super J Channel" and "Super Morning." She currently
  appears on a range of news programs, including "ANN News" and "On the Medical Front" on the BS Asahi channel.



Tuesday, September 14

Hideki Minamikawa

Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment

He joined the Ministry in 1974. After serving top posts including Director-General of the Global Environment Bureau, he took up his present post in August 2010. He was involved in enacting and revising the law concerning the promotion of the measures to cope with global warming and has represented the Japanese Government in a number of international conferences.

Anne McDonald

Director, UN University of Advanced Studies Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa

Born in Canada in 1965, Anne McDonald learned Japanese studies at the University of British Columbia and, while studying at Kumamoto University, lived in a traditional Japanese farmhouse made of rush matting and began studies of Japanese folklore and ethnology. McDonald has traveled along nearly 80 percent of the coastline of the main islands from northern Hokkaido to southern Okinawa. She worked for 15 years as a director of academic publisher Shimizukobundo. After working at Miyagi University International Center as an associate professor, she took up her present post in 2008. She has authored numerous books, including "From Grassy Narrows", awarded the 2004 Prime Minister of Canada publication award.

Venue 1
Climate, Business and Policies   10:05-12:00

Michael Liebreich

Chief Executive, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Michael Liebreich is the head of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the leading provider of information and research to senior investors, executives and policy-makers in clean energy and the carbon markets. Bloomberg New Energy Finance has over 140 staff working out of 11 offices around the world. Michael founded the company in 2004 and it was acquired by Bloomberg at the end of 2009. He also serves as a Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Energy and is on the Selection Committee for the Zayed Future Energy Prize. Prior to founding New Energy Finance, Michael was an entrepreneur, venture capitalist (with Groupe Arnault), and executive, helping to build around 25 successful companies. In the 1990s he acted as Deputy Managing Director of Associated Press Television, Founding Director of Sports News Television and non-executive director of Interactive Investor. Michael has an MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. He was a member of the British Ski Team at the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games and is Chairman of St Marks Hospital Foundation, a medical charity.

Phillip Swagel

Visiting Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Former Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, Treasury Department

Phillip L. Swagel is a visiting professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, where he teaches classes on the relationship between financial markets and the economy and is the director of the school’s Center for Financial Institutions, Policy, and Governance. He is also a non-resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He was Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department from December 2006 to January 2009. In that position, he served as a member of the TARP investment committee and advised Secretary Paulson on all aspects of economic policy. Mr. Swagel previously worked at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the International Monetary Fund, and the Federal Reserve, and taught economics at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Kunihiko Shimada

Principal International Policy Coordinator, Ministry of the Environment

Kunihiko Shimada is Principal International Policy Coordinator and Principal International Negotiator at the Ministry of the Environment Japan, and is in charge of establishing negotiation strategies for the UNFCCC. At the UNFCCC process, he has been working as a lead negotiator of the Japanese delegation for future issues, technology, adaptation and compliance, as well as servicing as a co-chair of the AWGLCA Contact Group on Development and Transfer of Technologies and Chair on Various Mechanisms for mitigation. He has been elected as the chair of the Compliance Committee for the two year term in 2010 and 2011. He has also chaired several international groups, including OECD/IEA Annex I Expert Group on UNFCCC, and served as an international expert on issues related to compliance, adaptation, energy, technology, financial mechanisms and carbon markets. He worked for the UN as one of the lead mediators for international peace and security issues as well as negotiator for a wide range of issues, including human rights, women’s empowerment, and sustainable development and involved in negotiation/mediation for Kosovo, East Timor (currently Timore-Leste).


Kaoru Nishizaki

Organizer, Asahi World Environmental Forum, The Asahi Shimbun

Kaoru Nishizaki is the Asahi Shimbun's previous foreign economics correspondent based in Washington DC during the Bush and Obama administration from 2006 to 2009 when he covered the US and global economy. His role in breaking news, analysis and commentaries in the field of economics, business and foreign affairs continued when he pursued editorship as News Desk, and section chief for the business beat in Tokyo. His previous assignment as the business and finance correspondent in New York from 1998 led to the establishment of the Silicon Valley bureau in 2000 where he took charge of reporting the emerging world business giants. Prior to postings abroad till the 1990s, he covered Japanese government's various ministries including finance, trade, industry and foreign affairs, while he also covered electronics and other industries. He started filing for Asahi Shimbun in Shizuoka during 1980s when he began as a police beat. He read economics at the University of Cambridge after Kings College School in London.


 The panel aims to offer the opportunities for the audience to be informed of the latest developments in the arena of climate business and international policies. Interlinked themes are vigorously pursued by the leading players and participants of the major environmental business, policies and international negotiations, such as : What are the foremost and cutting-edge trends in the business of climate change mitigation and adaptations? How would they facilitate, promote and alter the outcomes of the environmental policies currently conducted by the major countries? What are the crucial factors in setting the tone of the evolution of Climate Business that is likely to shape the world economy and to a greater extent, political and social frameworks of both the maturing and developing countries? How does Asia and particularly Japan contribute to the process?
 Michael Liebreich has a rich and extensive experience in promoting the business, and regarded as one of the leading pioneers in recognizing and realizing the growth potential. He comes from the U.K. where he contributed a vital role in the spearheading growth of the Sustainable Energy and Carbon Market. Across the Atlantic Ocean and from the USA, Phillip Swagel is one of the few foremost economists of the contemporary age with the unique experience of prescribing and carrying out the actual economic policies recently while strongly aware of the intricacy of the environmental agenda. Kunihiko Shimada participates in Japan’s climate and environmental negotiations in numerous senior level governmental and multilateral theatres of policy, and at home with the global process where the business reality interacts with policies. Discussion is moderated by Kaoru Nishizaki from The Asahi Shimbun.

Green Society and IT   13:30-15:15

Hiroshi Watanabe

Executive Director, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Mr. Watanabe joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1984 and has primarily focused on technological developments. His duties have included assignments at The Japan Key Technology Center, The National Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research (NAIR) and NEDO, as well as at METI’s Industrial Science & Technology Policy unit in its Environment Bureau. Mr. Watanabe took up his present post in August 2010 and is in charge of international projects and "Smart Grids."

Hiroshi Esaki

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

After joining Toshiba Corporation in 1987, Prof. Esaki was resident researcher at Bellcore Inc.'s Applied Research Laboratory from 1990, and became a visiting fellow at Columbia University in New York in 1994. The same year, he made proposals for high-speed Internet network architecture and CSR (Cell Switch Router) to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), an organization that develops and promotes Internet standards. He participated in IETF sessions, contributing to standardization activities for high-performance packet forwarding technology, MPLS and the next-generation IPv6 Internet protocol. He took up his current position in 2005 and since 2008 has led "The Green University of Tokyo Project" (now known as "Energy Saving with ICT - the Green University of Tokyo Project"), a demonstration scheme for bringing about energy conservation through Internet technologies.

Norio Murakami

Chairman Emeritus, Google Japan

Norio Murakami started his career as an engineer specializing in minicomputer systems. He held a number of management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) Japan, including serving as a member of the board for marketing. The affiliation included a five-year assignment at DEC's headquarters in Massachusetts, U.S.A. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Murakami was president and CEO of Northern Telecom Japan. The company was later re-named Nortel Networks Japan, where he served as president & CEO through mid-2001. Mr. Murakami joined Google Inc. in April 2003 as vice president and president & general manager of Google Japan and was responsible for all aspects of Google's business in Japan. He took up his present post on January 1, 2009. Mr. Murakami graduated from Kyoto University with a B.S. in engineering.


Kazuhiro Taira

Senior Staff Writer, The Asahi Shimbun

Mr. Taira joined The Asahi Shimbun in 1986 and worked in the city news section and the project planning office for the digital media section, covering media- and Internet-related issues. He was posted to Silicon Valley between 2003 and 2005. After working at asahi.com, the Chiba general bureau and then serving as deputy editor for the science news section, Mr. Taira took up his present post in 2009. He is in charge of the long-running series "Media Gekihen" ("Radically Changing Media.") His reporting focuses on Internet and environmental technologies, innovation and shifts in society. He has published a translation of Dan Gillmor’s "We the Media" and jointly authored "Media Innovation Shocks: The Explosion in Personal Content and Disintegration of the Newspaper-Style Business."


 Information technology (IT) connects every aspect of our lives; at the same time, IT can be utilized to reduce the burden on our environment. This is the basic concept of Green IT. We have a panel consisting of specialists at the forefront of Green IT who will discuss where we stand at present and what the future holds.
 The integration of energy and the Internet suggests that every instrument and piece of equipment can be connected to the Internet. One of our panelists, Hiroshi Esaki, a professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology of The University of Tokyo, also serves on the Board of WIDE project, a internet technology research organization and is the leader of the Green University of Tokyo Project (GUPT.) This experimental project aims to save energy by using ICT for equipment and instruments on the university's campus.
 Google Inc., the major computing, Internet search and advertising company, is on a mission to reduce the amount of energy consumed by computers and reduce the IT burden on our environment through its Climate Savers Computing Initiative, an international group of non-profit, eco-conscious consumers, business and conservation organizations.
 Norio Murakami, chairman emeritus of Google Japan, will give a presentation on cloud computing, which connects large-scale data centers and offers Internet-based computing services on demand, and its relation to the Smart Grid.
 The session will be coordinated by senior staff writer Kazuhiro Taira.

Special Lecture

Hiromichi Shinohara

Director of Research and Development Planning Department, NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION

Mr. Shinohara joined NTT in 1978, working primarily in research and planning. After becoming General Manager in charge of access network research, he was appointed chief researcher of the NTT access service system research institute in April 2003. In June of the same year, he was named head of the institute. In June 2007, he took on the post of head of the research institute to study information distribution. He assumed his present position in June 2009 and concurrently heads the environmental promotion group.

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Measures to reduce the burden on the environment through ICT services

Thanks to recent developments in information and communication technology (ICT), broadband communication has expanded rapidly, enabling the public to enjoy high-quality moving pictures via the Internet in their homes. The expansion of communication services through ICT has helped to create a safe and comfortable society, contributing greatly to changes in business models and individual lifestyles. By reducing the movement of people and goods, as well as enhanced efficiency in business, we can expect an increased contribution toward solving the problem of global warming. In my lecture, I will mainly detail the efforts of the NTT group to reduce the burden on the environment through our ICT services.

Bio-diversity   15:35-17:20

Russell A. Mittermeier

President, Conservation International (CI)

Dr. Russell Mittermeier is a primatologist, herpetologist and biological anthropologist. He has been involved in conservation efforts for more than 40 years in over 20 countries, most recently focusing his efforts on Brazil, Suriname and Madagascar. He took up his present position in 1989 and has dedicated himself to such issues as tropical biology, ecosystem conservation, biological diversity and its value to humanity. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including some 600 academic papers. In 1998, he was chosen as Time Magazine’s “Hero of the Planet.” He obtained his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University in 1977.

José Yoshiaki Kawashima

Board Chairman, Sustainable Coffee Association of Japan

José Kawashima is a coffee engineer and heads Mi Cafeto, which imports and markets coffee. After graduating from high school in Japan, he studied at a university in El Salvador before joining the National Coffee Institute. In 1981, he joined UCC Ueshima Coffee and was involved in the company's development of coffee farms overseas. In 1999, he discovered the "Bourbon Pointu," an Arabica coffee that was believed to be extinct, on the French island of Reunion and began cultivation of the species. He resigned from UCC Ueshima in 2007. As a coffee engineer, he established The Sustainable Coffee Association in 2007 and is promoting the production of coffee at the same time as ensuring the conservation of tropical forests, soil and water sources and protecting the rights and incomes of coffee workers.

Takehiko Ohta

Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

Professor Ohta is an expert on forest hydrology, the study of how forests affect water circulation. He has been involved in research on erosion control engineering and watershed ecology management, has served as president of a number of forestry-related associations and was a member of the Science Council of Japan. He also represents Forsta, an NPO that approves products that use wood from lumber originating in forests that were managed in an appropriate and sustainable manner. He is involved in a wide range of activities, including the training of forest and natural environment management engineers. He has penned numerous books on topics related to water resources and the forest, including "Mizu to Tsuchi o Hagukumu Mori" ("Forests that Nurture Water and the Soil.")


Akemi Kanda

Reporter at The Asahi Shimbun's Nagoya News Center

After working with the city news group in Tokyo, she joined the Asahi Shimbun's Nagoya Head Office in April 2009. She was part of the reporting team for series on the environment, which ran throughout 2008, titled "The First Year of the Era of the Environment," and has reported on global warming and environmental issues related to suburban transportation, food and the use of sustainable energy. She is currently in charge of covering the Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10), scheduled in October 2010 in Nagoya. She is the joint-author of "Chikyuyo - Kankyo Gannen Sengen" ("Dear Earth - Declaring the First Year of the Era of the Environment") and other books.


 The bountiful forest blesses us with numerous gifts. The forest is home to a wide variety of living things. The trees absorb carbon dioxide and nurture fountain heads. However, tropical forests, especially those located in developing countries, are suffering rapid deterioration due to the development of large-scale farms, mining ventures and slash-and-burn agriculture. And this is a phenomenon that is not unrelated to people living in developed countries like Japan. Tropical forests are being cut down to make way for soy bean fields and coffee farms – thus the problem is directly linked to our table. In order to maintain our forests, it is imperative that local people take charge of protecting their land and, at the same time, a framework is established so they can earn an income from this resource.
 The 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) will be held in Nagoya in October 2010. The goal of this milestone conference is to set new goals for conservation. How do we propose to preserve and protect biodiversity? How can we make use of our natural resources in a sustainable manner? These issues will be among those addressed at the conference. At this special session, with a special focus on the COP10, we hope to come up with a proposal that gives direction as to what the international community, companies and the public can do to serve the cause in their own ways.
 Russel Mittermeier is the world's leading primatologist. He has spent more than 40 years as a field biologist researching and promoting the conservation of tropical forests and their diverse wildlife. He has also worked with local governments to address conservation activities. He will provide reports from the field.
 Yoshiaki Kawashima has been visiting coffee-producing districts for many years. He has witnessed the reality of forests being destroyed for the sake of coffee production. We will hear about how he is working with coffee growers to promote sustainable production of this crop.
 Takehiko Ohta has studied the relationship between forests and water for many years. We will hear about the unique features inherent in Japanese forests and their relationships with water. We will also learn of the characteristics of tropical forests - which are rapidly disappearing.
 Akemi Kanda, of the Asahi Shimbun's Nagoya News Center, will serve as coordinator.

Special Lecture

Koji Kojima

Managing Executive Officer, Environmental Sustainability Strategy Division, Suntory Holdings, Ltd.

Mr. Kojima joined Suntory in 1978. After serving as head of the Process Development Department, the Takasago Factory and the Engineering Department, he joined the board in 2005. Mr. Kojima also served simultaneously as the head of the Technology, Production Technology and Environment departments. He assumed his current post in April 2009. It should be noted that he oversaw the Environmental Sustainability Strategy, tasked with accelerating the Suntory Group’s environmental activities. He has dedicated himself to watershed protection activities, energy conservation at our factories, solar energy, the reduction of waste and environmental education for the next generation. Since April 2009, he has also served as Executive Director as well as overseeing quality assurance at Suntory Business Expert Limited.

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Aiming to Achieve Sustainable Water Supply

High-quality water is a resource that can be described as the lifeblood of manufacturers of alcoholic beverages and food products. In recent years, with changes in the global environment and growing concern about water, the Suntory Group has addressed the question of how we can continue to deliver the blessings of nature to our customers by conducting activities that will ensure the "sustainability of water."
Focusing on a water source protection and forest preservation program entitled "Natural Water Sanctuary Project," the lecture will discuss the "Three Rs of water (reduce, reuse, recycle)," which are strictly observed in our factories, and demonstrate our dedication to water as a beverage manufacturer.

Venue 2
Sustainable and Alternative Energy   10:05-12:00

Yosuke Kondo

Member of the House of Representatives
Parliamentary Secretary for Economy, Trade and Industry

He was born in Yamagata Prefecture. He joined the Nikkei Inc. newspaper company in 1988 and worked as a reporter in the business and economic news departments, as well as covering various ministries and the central bank. He went into politics after resigning from the Nikkei in 1999. In 2003, he was elected for the first time to the Lower House and is now serving his third term in Yamagata. Kondo was appointed to the present post in September 2009. Since then, he has been in charge of the government's nuclear energy policy and was instrumental in formulating a system that will mandate power companies to purchase all output from renewable energy sources. Kondo is a forceful advocate of strategies that would bring together the promotion of renewable energy with new growth industries. He is well-versed in all aspects of energy policies.

Tatsujiro Suzuki

Vice-Chairman, The Atomic Energy Commission

Tatsujiro Suzuki majored in nuclear engineering at university, was a visiting researcher at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and served as senior research scientist at the Socio-Economic Research Center of the Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry. Since 2006, he has been visiting professor at the Graduate School of Law and Policies at The University of Tokyo and was appointed vice-chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission in January 2010. Suzuki's research has consistently focused on atomic energy policies and energy environment policies. He recently co-published a book titled "Japan's Future Society: Energy, Environment and Technology, Policies" based on his research at the University of Tokyo. He has also been active in the movement to abolish nuclear weapons. He is a member of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an international scientific organization dedicated to eliminating the threat of nuclear weapons.

Takuya Hattori

President, The Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. (JAIF)

He joined Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) in 1970, working his way up the corporate ladder and holding a variety of positions, such as working as a nuclear technology mechanical engineer and in senior managerial positions. These included general manager for nuclear power planning and Director-Superintendent of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. He was constantly at the center of TEPCO's Nuclear Power Division, before being appointed executive vice president of the company. He joined JAIF as executive vice-chairman in 2006 and was appointed to his current post in 2007. Since 2009, Hattori has also been serving as president of the JAIF International Cooperation Center. He is well-informed as to the current situation both regarding the electric industry and atomic energy manufacturers, which have a major impact on Japan's atomic energy and energy policies. Hattori emphasizes the need to enhance Japan's energy policy, with atomic energy at its core, and advocates implementing a strong overseas strategy that takes full advantage of Japan's competitive atomic energy manufacturers.

Tetsunari Iida

Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies

After a career at a major steel manufacturer and carrying out research and development at the Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry, Tetsunari Iida became executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), a non-profit research institution. Iida is also active as a scientist and his field of expertise is energy policies and electrical power energy policies. Iida is considered to be the foremost specialist on natural energy policies. He has been quick to point out the problems regarding Japan's natural energy policy and makes proactive policy recommendations based on his expertise. He has a rich international network of contacts and is a board member of the Global Wind Energy Council. Iida was appointed to the taskforce to attain medium-term goals in the fight against global warming, under the Democratic Party of Japan administration, and was appointed as an evaluator for budget screening to the Government Revitalization Unit.


Keiji Takeuchi

Senior Staff Writer and Editorial Writer, The Asahi Shimbun

Keiji Takeuchi worked at the Wakayama Bureau of The Asahi Shimbun before moving to the Science News Section, serving as the newspaper's London correspondent and then becoming an editorial writer, before assuming his current position. After the Chernobyl nuclear accident, he made four news-gathering trips to Ukraine and Belarus to report on the disaster and its aftermath. His main areas of focus have been the environment, energy and nuclear energy issues. He has been covering the international negotiations on global warming since 1990 and was part of the 15th Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Exchange (COP 15) that took place in Copenhagen last year. Most recently, he was in charge of The Asahi Shimbun series, "The first year of the environment era", which ran in the newspaper in 2008, and "Eco War," which ran from 2009 to 2010.


 Mankind is witnessing an acceleration in global warming and we are apparently also very close to reaching peak oil – if we are not there already. Given this situation, what forms of energy should Japan and the world be relying on to power our lives?
 Nuclear energy and natural – or renewable – energy are two types of power that are attracting much attention, partly because they do not cause emissions of carbon dioxide. Nuclear power provides about 16 percent of the world’s electricity supplies, while wind power – one of the most mainstream forms of natural energy – produces about 2 percent. As a general trend, total nuclear power production is leveling off, while natural energy, particularly in the forms of wind power and photovoltaic power, is showing a sharp rise.
 Although our planet is experiencing global warming, not all countries are shifting towards nuclear power. Nuclear power policies differ from nation to nation. China and India are keen on expanding their national nuclear policies, while European nations and the U.S. are struggling to maintain their nuclear power generation ratio. Japan already has 54 nuclear reactors, making it the world’s third-largest country in terms of nuclear power generation. However, Japan is still very much a developing country when it comes to the exploitation of natural energy resources.
 Given the current global situation, and the realities of Japan’s situation, what should this country do in order to establish a balanced national energy policy? It is obvious that we need both nuclear and natural energy, but we often see the two opposing parties – advocates of nuclear energy and advocates of natural energy – confronting each other head on. On one hand, the supporters of nuclear energy claim the amount of power that comes from natural energy sources is miniscule and unreliable, while the other side demands that nuclear energy be phased out. There is not much chance of a rational discussion until the respective roles and energy production levels can be properly addressed.
 Meanwhile, the government is considering building 14 additional nuclear reactors and is pushing a nationwide effort to market and export reactor technology. The government is also contemplating expanding utilities’ obligatory purchases of renewable energy from households to promote electricity from renewable sources.
 At the symposium, we will examine these topics and conduct a discussion – “keeping it real” – that will take nuclear energy as its main theme. We will address the question of the ideal energy policy for Japan, touching on issues such as how much nuclear energy Japan actually needs.

Special Lecture

Koji Tanaka

Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi Ltd. President & CEO, Power Systems Company

Mr. Tanaka joined Hitachi in 1974. After heading the Electric Machine Design Department of Hitachi Works, General Manager of Strategic Planning Division, Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment Group, he was appointed President & CEO, Life Science Group, Hitachi, Ltd in October 2002. In April 2007, he became Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd and concurrently General Manager of the Nuclear Systems Division. He took up his present post in October 2009 and, at the same time, heads the Renewable Energy & Smart Grid Division.

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Actions in the energy sector to build a decarbonized society

In order to realize a sustainable society, Hitachi is endeavoring to contribute to environmental preservation through its products and services, specifically aiming to restrain CO2 emissions to 100 million tons a year by 2025. In power generation, Hitachi is utilizing its technology and manufacturing strengths to expand the distribution of low CO2 emission energy sources, such as nuclear power as well as renewable energy (wind, solar, etc.) In addition, Hitachi will improve the efficiency of coal and thermal power generation, which account for 40 percent of total electricity sources, and at the same time develop technologies to capture and storage of CO2. On power grid systems, Hitachi is developing and providing smart grid technology that can supply electricity stably and mitigate the implications of output variations due to the widespread introduction of renewables. In this forum, I will be describing the challenges on decarbonized society and our actions to achieve this goal.

Eco-mobility and Low-carbon Cities   13:30-15:15

Hitoshi Oshima

Director-General of Global Environmental Policy, Kyoto City

Hitoshi Oshima was born in 1952 and graduated from Kyoto University's faculty of law. He became an officer of the city of Kyoto in 1977 and served in various posts in the bureaus of civil administration and public cleaning before becoming chief of the City Planning Bureau in 2004. Mr. Oshima was in charge of the New Landscape Policy, which further deepened his attachment to the ancient city of Kyoto. He took up his present post, responsible for the city's green policies in 2008. As the city that saw the birth of the Kyoto Protocol, Kyoto places much emphasis on its environmental policies. The city was designated an Environmental Model City by the central government and operates numerous green projects, including "Kyoto - A city for walking", "Kyoto - A city that cherishes its tree culture" and "Do You Kyoto? Are you being eco-friendly?"

Kazuo Okamoto

Vice-Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation

Kazuo Okamoto was born in 1944 and joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1967 after graduating from the University of Tokyo with a degree in aeronautical engineering. The focal point of his career has been in engineering, especially in the development of body engineering, and Mr. Okamoto was the chief engineer for Toyota's flagship luxury sedan, the Lexus LS (also known as the Celsior). He became a member of the Board of Directors in 1996 and oversaw product design and development. He became executive vice president in 2005 and, as chief director of Technology Management, oversaw Toyota's environmental technologies, including its hybrid models, and pursued the implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He was appointed vice chairman and representative director in 2008. Mr. Okamoto's personal motto is: "When in doubt, take the tougher road."

Miki Muraki

Associate Professor, Chiba University

After graduating in 1991 from the Graduate School of Human Sciences and Design at Japan Women's University, Miki Muraki joined Sanwa Research Institute. After subsequently graduating from Yokohama National University's Department of Architecture, she became an assistant at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1997, was a visiting researcher at Portland State University and became an associate professor at Chiba University in 2002. Her field of specialty is developing city planning master plans, regional city planning and revitalizing central areas of cities. Ms. Muraki is well versed in city planning in Japan and overseas, and conducts research on regulations and induction measures for low carbon city planning. She is the joint author of "City Planning and Masterplans in England."


Takayuki Yasui

Senior Staff Writer and Editorial Writer, The Asahi Shimbun

Takayuki Yasui was born in 1957. He joined The Asahi Shimbun in 1988 after a career as a reporter for a business magazine. He worked in the business news sections in Tokyo and Osaka covering the fields of automobiles, trade, finance, banking and the business communities. He also covered the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Finance Ministry, reporting on industrial policies and public finance. He took up his present post in 2005 and is in charge of business management and industrial policies. He has written a number of series for the newspaper, including the "Clean Car Race," which summarized trends in the development of environment-friendly vehicles. Since July 2009, he has been Editorial writer. He is the author of "Future Blue Chip Firms" and other books.


 No matter how much Internet technology develops in the future, it will not stem the actual flow of people and merchandise. When a person makes a purchase on the Internet, that item comes to their door by courier service; that will not change. People can gather all kinds of information about any tourist destination using the Internet, but that does not mean there will be less people actually visiting that place.
 In order to build a low-carbon model city, it is imperative to achieve "eco-mobility" that simultaneously enables the transportation of people and goods but suppresses CO2 emissions. Until now, urban transportation has been based on trains, buses, taxis and cars that all rely on fossil fuels. This special session will address the question of how we can change urban transportation systems.
 The role and mechanisms of cars and motorized transport will change in the future. There are already calls for zero-emission transportation systems within urban areas. That may mean more electric cars or vehicles powered by fuel batteries, which in turn will require the development of new infrastructure, such as electric highways equipped with charging facilities. We may need to implement an intelligent transportation system (ITS) that will improve the efficiency of transportation flows.
 We will also have to rethink public transport. At one time, street cars disappeared from our roads, driven away by the automobile. But we are now seeing the re-emergence of a new type of street car, known as Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems. A growing number of local governments are operating mini-buses that can operate on tight urban roads.
 Our aging society will continue to age. Outside the largest metropolises, city centers are hollowing out and senior citizens are having a hard time getting around, making life difficult in general. What can we do to lessen the burden on our environment while building a city that is livable and visitor-friendly? Despite the ever-growing number of restrictions, we will try to outline the conditions for bringing about true eco-mobility in our cities.

Eco-house and Eco-cities   15:35-17:20

Toshio Nagashima

Senior Managing Executive Officer, Representative Director, Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.

Mr. Nagashima joined Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., in 1971, and was named director of Building Development and Planning for the Marunouchi redevelopment project in 2001. He took up his present post in 2006 and has been overseeing the Osaka Station North District Redevelopment Project since April 2010. He is a member of the board of the City Planning Institute of Japan, Mr. Nagashima's career has revolved around city planning and the building business. As deputy chief director of Mitsubishi Estate's Yokohama Office, he was involved in the development of Yokohama Minatomirai 21. He subsequently participated from the initial planning stages of the redevelopment of the Marunouchi business district, in the heart of Tokyo, and was instrumental in creating and managing this new urban center – with a reduced impact on the environment - in the heart of the capital. For the Osaka Station North District Redevelopment (also known as the Umeda Kita Yard Redevelopment Project), he is deeply involved in the "Stage One Primary Development Area of 7 Hectares." Hopes are high for the project, which will see the area north of Osaka Station transformed into a vibrant new community by 2012 and is being promoted as a major redevelopment scheme that is vital to re-energizing both Osaka and the entire Kansai region.

Keisuke Hanaki

Professor, Department of Urban Engineering, The University of Tokyo

After completing the doctoral program at the University of Tokyo, Professor Hanaki spent time teaching and conducting research at Tohoku University, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, the University of Pittsburgh and the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at The University of Tokyo. He took up his present post in 1998. His field of expertise is urban environmental engineering. Rooted in urban sustainability, he addresses a wide range of issues in his research, such as urban substance metabolism and the construction of low-carbon cities. He is director and an adjunct professor of the Integrated Research System of Sustainability Sciences, established at The University of Tokyo in 2005. Collaborating with four universities in Japan, he has been active in establishing the field of sustainability studies and also takes part in sustainability activities on the university's campus. He wrote "Toshikankyoron" ("Urban Environment Theory"), published by Iwanami Shoten.

Hisashi Kodama

Executive Senior Councilor, Corporate R&D, Panasonic Corporation

Mr. Kodama joined Panasonic in 1979, when the company was still known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. After studying in the United States, he worked mainly in the company's research sections, including at the central research institute and the living environment system institute. During this time, he carried out research and the development of technologies to provide a home-use energy management system, fuel batteries and a system to simulate a living environment. In December 2001, Mr. Kodama was appointed head of the Living Environment Development Center and took up his present post in April 2010. He has also served as head of the Energy Solution Business Department since July of this year.


Katsuhiko Tagaya

Senior Staff Writer, The Asahi Shimbun

Mr. Tagaya is from Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, and joined The Asahi Shimbun in 1988 after working for a department store. He covered the distribution, retail, securities and pharmaceutical businesses at the business and finance news sections in Tokyo and Osaka. He served as editor of the Asahi’s news web site - asahi.com - and reported on the economic fallout that brought down numerous major distributors around 2000. Since April 2007, he has been senior staff writer stationed in Osaka. He covers environment-related industries and businesses, including manufacturers of solar panels, which are clustered in the Kansai region, and secondary batteries. He has also spotlighted the collaboration between industries and universities that is being promoted by the Kansai business community as a way of revitalizing regional economies, and examined possibilities in the fields of biotechnology and medical instruments.


 What can we do to help the global environment? Maybe it is time we started being more considerate in our homes, at our workplaces, at our schools. Measures that encompass entire towns and cities may have to be implemented. Emissions of carbon dioxide from our homes make up 20 percent of total domestic CO2 emissions - and that figure has increased by more than 30 percent over the last two decades. At the special session titled "Eco-house and Eco-cities," we will focus on environment-friendly measures that can be implemented in our everyday lives.
 First of all, it has been pointed out that the concentration of functions and people in urban areas is the cause of the heat-island phenomenon. Let us try to define a city that is kind to its environment, a city with a reduced impact on the environment. In January 2009, Chiyoda Ward in Tokyo was selected as an "Environmental Model City." The central districts of Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho aim to become an "environment-symbiotic business town."
 Mitsubishi Estate Co. was involved in the redevelopment and management of the project. The company implemented numerous innovations not only in the hardware, which included advanced heating and cooling facilities and the use of natural energy, but also in the software for tenants and people who work in the neighborhood. Hopes are high for the upcoming Osaka Station North District Redevelopment Project, which is being undertaken by the same company and will involve additional advanced environmental measures.
 What can be done in our homes? Panasonic Corporation, for example, cites "energy conservation, energy creation, energy storage for the whole house and the whole building" as its core business strategy. Making use of solar panels and secondary cells may enable us to manage household energy more efficiently. Panasonic is aiming to develop a "whole town" project.
 Our environment is not only about greenhouse gasses. Our lives are affected by a wide variety of fields related to the environment, including waste management and water. Keisuke Hanaki, a professor at The University of Tokyo, will also give a presentation discussing problems and challenges related to the urban environment.
 The coordinator of the session is the Asahi’s senior staff writer, Katsuhiko Tagaya.

Special Lecture

Ikutoshi Matsumura

Executive Consultant, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation

Mr. Matsumura has long been involved with research and development of new technologies, serving in the forefront of the new energy business. He joined Nippon Petroleum Refining Company in 1970, and served in such posts as General Manager of the Development Department and General Manager of the Technical Development Department of Nippon Mitsubishi Oil Corporation. He became a board member in June 2000. Since then, he has overseen technical developments and the growth of new business areas. He was appointed Executive Vice President of Nippon Oil in 2008 and took up his present post in July 2010.

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A New Energy System Business: Toward achieving a low carbon society

As a comprehensive energy provider, we will not only market oil products but also develop and deliver an environment-friendly energy system and contribute to facing the challenges of global warming. Solar energy and fuel batteries for home use, in particular, are the mainstay of the new energy system business. We are in the process of building a distributive-type energy network that moves from creating power to storing and using energy. Based on the vision of a hydrogen energy society, we are building an infrastructure to supply hydrogen through such pilot projects as the Kita-Kyushu Hydrogen Station. On this basis, we are aiming to build an "energy town" that links homes, offices, shops and schools. I will expound on the concept and the specific efforts we are undertaking.

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Water Security and the Himalayas   10:05-12:00

Haruhiko Kuroda

President, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Mr. Haruhiko Kuroda is president of the Asian Development Bank and chair of the ADB's Board of Directors. For almost four decades, Mr. Kuroda has represented Japan's Ministry of Finance at international conferences and forums. After joining the ministry in 1967, Mr. Kuroda held a number of senior posts, including director general of the International Bureau, where he helped design and implement The Miyazawa Initiative - Japan's response to Asian economies affected by the 1997-'98 financial crisis. In 1999, Mr. Kuroda was promoted to Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs. Before joining the ADB in 2005, he was special advisor to the cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Mr. Kuroda holds a BA in Law from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Oxford. He has authored several books on monetary policy, exchange rates, international finance policy coordination and other areas of economics.

Zhou Muzhi

Professor of Tokyo Keizai University and Senior Adviser, Institute of Spatial Planning & Regional Economy, National Development and Reform Commission of China

Dr. Zhou was born in Hunan, China in 1963 and graduated from Hunan University in 1985. He obtained his PhD in economics from Tokyo Keizai University in 1995. He was a research fellow with the Institute for Urban and Environmental Development in 1991-94. He was appointed Associate Professor in 2002 and took up his present position in 2007. Dr. Zhou was a visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2007 to 2009. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 2008.

Chandrashekhar Dasgupta

Member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change

Mr. Dasgupta was born in 1940 and was an officer in the Indian Foreign Service from 1962 until his retirement in 2000. Among other posts, he served as Ambassador to the European Union (1996–2000) and Ambassador to China (1993–1996). He is presently a member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He is the author of "War and Diplomacy in Kashmir, 1947-48" and numerous essays and articles on international affairs and global environmental issues. Mr. Dasgupta has been awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India.


Mizuho Kajiwara

Reporter for GLOBE, The Asahi Shimbun

After working in the city news section at the Asahi's Osaka Office, Mizuho Kajiwara began her career as a political reporter covering the prime minister's office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Liberal Democratic Party. After living in Qatar and Egypt, during which time she traveled on assignments throughout the Middle East, she developed an interest in global water problems. That was enhanced after she experienced the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, when she was posted to the Kobe Bureau. She wrote a major special series titled "Mizu ga Tarinai" ("We need more water") for GLOBE in May 2009. In October 2009, Kajiwara organized and coordinated a symposium on the water environ ment and water businesses in Tokyo. By monitoring the government, private companies and traveling overseas on assignments, Kajiwara continues to keep a close eye on the latest issues in the water business and shifts in international politics as they affect water.


 The 21st century is said to be the "Century of Water." For the special session titled "Water Security and the Himalayas," we will cast our eyes across Asia, where rapid population growth and urbanization are causing serious water problems.
 This problem is most pronounced in the Himalayas – an area with the highest altitudes in the world and where glaciers are rapidly melting as a result of global warming. These glaciers feed great rivers, such as the Indus, the Ganges, the Yangtze and others, which in turn support numerous lives as well as farming and industry throughout the region. But the sources of these waters straddle many developing nations, including China and India, and have given rise to disputes over the utilization of water resources that are quickly turning into diplomatic problems.
 Demand for funding to solve various water problems is growing annually, drawing attention from financial institutions around the world. Haruhiko Kuroda, Japan's former Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs and President of the Asian Development Bank, is well-versed in international finances. He will give a presentation discussing the types of financing that are now required in Asia and how Japan can be involved. He will focus on the water issue from a global perspective of development assistance and poverty reduction.
 The Japanese government has introduced a strategy that is promoting Japanese companies' water business and aims to take that business international. What are the obstacles we must overcome to be successful in our endeavors? By examining the global water issue, together with Minister Seiji Maehara, who has led the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism this past year, we will try to identify the most appropriate new direction for Japan.
 Mizuho Kajiwara, a reporter for GLOBE, will serve as coordinator for the session.

Special Lecture

Yasutoshi Shimizu

General Manager, Eco Management Policy Planning Department, TOTO Ltd.

Yasutoshi Shimizu joined TOTO in 1984. He was for many years involved in research and development at the company's water environment business development center, focusing on environmental research and the development of technology related to water treatment projects and kitchen waste recycling. Dr. Shimizu has written numerous research papers and given lectures in these fields. He has also taught over a period of 10 years as a visiting professor at the University of Tsukuba, Nagasaki University and Kyushu Institute of Technology, and is committed to teaching young researchers. Dr. Shimizu is presently a visiting fellow at the Building Research Institute and Meiji University. He is involved in a joint research program that focuses on the assessment and development of technology to reduce the environmental impact related to household water and garbage treatment infrastructure.

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A proposal for a lifestyle that conserves water: The Takumi Style promotion team

Regulations designed to conserve water supplies are being introduced around the world, yet the amount of water that Japanese people consume continues to rise in tandem with the rising quality of their lifestyles. We at TOTO have made efforts to significantly improve the water-saving capabilities of home appliances, such as toilets and showers, in an effort to reduce water consumption in Japanese homes. By reducing household water consumption, we can cut back on the amount of energy required to purify water or treat waste water. Through these efforts, we can contribute greatly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In order to nurture a lifestyle that conserves water and actively contributes to the drive to curb global warming, it is necessary for ordinary citizens to take action to conserve water and save energy. July 30 is designated as Water Day in Japan and we have set up a joint promotion team bringing together businesses, academia and the government to encourage people to switch to a lifestyle that conserves water. I would like to give you an outline of the program.

Strategy on Climate Change   13:30-15:15

Tetsuo Saito

Former Minister of Environment, Member of the House of Representatives

After earning a Ph.D. in engineering, Mr. Saito worked for Shimizu Corp. and was a visiting researcher at Princeton University. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1993 and chaired the committee of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, as well as heading the New Komeito party’s Policy Research Council. He was named Environment Minister when Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda shuffled his cabinet in 2008 and retained the position in the subsequent cabinet of Taro Aso. During discussions on the setting of the mid-term target for greenhouse gas reduction towards 2020, he criticized Keidanren (The Japan Business Federation) for proposing an increase in emissions by 4 percent from 2009 levels and called on then-Prime Minister Aso to set a more ambitious target of reducing emissions by between 15 percent and 20 percent to help prevent global warming. He is of the belief that setting higher goals promotes technological innovation and helps to build a competitive economy.

Masakazu Toyoda

Chairman and CEO, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Mr. Toyoda joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1973. After receiving his M.A. in Public Affairs from Princeton University, he was assigned to the International Energy Agency. In his capacity as director of the Environmental Protection and Industrial Location Bureau, he was involved in the international negotiations of the Kyoto Protocol at the Third Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP3), which was held in Kyoto in 1997. After serving as director general of the Trade Policy Bureau and vice minister for International Affairs, he was a member of the Japanese delegation to COP13 in Bali, Indonesia. He retired from the ministry in 2008 and was appointed secretary general of the Secretariat of Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy. Mr. Toyoda was involved in policy-making on global warming countermeasures under a number of administrations. He took up his present post in July 2010.

Mutsuyoshi Nishimura

Special Advisor to the Cabinet in charge of Climate Change

After joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nishimura served in such posts as Consul-General in Chicago, Director-General for European Affairs and Ambassador to both the OECD and to Mexico. He was appointed Ambassador in charge of the Global Environment in 2005 before taking up his present post in 2008. He has been involved in a wide range of international negotiations, including talks on preventing global warming. Mr. Nishimura has an extensive network of contacts and has been active in the field of climate change under four different administrations.


Tomohiro Murayama

Deputy Editor, GLOBE and Editorial Writer, The Asahi Shimbun

After joining The Asahi Shimbun in 1989, he was a reporter in the science news section, covering endocrine disrupters (environmental hormones) and problems associated with dioxins. He later worked for AERA magazine as a staff writer and was a correspondent in the American General Bureau. Later, Mr. Murayama served as a member of the page examiner’s office and was deputy editor of the science news section. From 2008, Mr. Murayama became the senior staff writer in charge of environmental and energy issues, contributing editorials on topics pertaining to global warming, renewable energy and nuclear power. He reported on the international negotiations at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15), which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009. He also covered proceedings in the Diet regarding the Basic Bill for Global Warming Strategy, which was submitted by the Democratic Party of Japan. He assumed his role as deputy editor of GLOBE in July 2010.


 As we ushered in the New Year, it felt as though we were rapidly losing our momentum to stop global warming, by whatever measures that were required. That dwindling of enthusiasm has been apparent, both here at home and abroad.
 At the Fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15), held in the Danish capital of Copenhagen in December 2009, we saw a clash between developing countries and industrialized countries. The conference was ultimately unsuccessful in reaching an agreement on a "Post-Kyoto Protocol." The lingering disconnect continued into 2010, stunting international negotiations. Although the next meeting - COP16 - is scheduled to be held in Cancun, Mexico, in late November, it seems unlikely that the nations involved will reach an agreement on a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol.
 When we cast our eyes over the situation here in Japan, it is clear that major political upheavals – such as changes in our prime ministers and the Upper House election – have drowned out calls for measures to halt global warming. A draft bill that maintains the goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent cleared the Lower House during the ordinary Diet session and was sent to the Upper House for deliberation - but the Upper House ran out of time to enact the legislation. A delay in enacting the basic law for preventing global warming - which serves as the mainstay for all environment-related measures – may be detrimental. Mechanisms such as the promotion of natural energy, international emissions trading and the introduction of an environment tax could end up being put on hold.
 Japan must face up to these domestic and international challenges in its fight against climate change. What should Japan’s climate change strategy be? We have Tetsuro Fukuyama, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Cabinet; Tetsuo Saito, a former Environment Minister who served in both the Fukuda and Aso Cabinets; and Masakazu Toyoda, who in July became chairman of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, to provide their various perspectives.
 Tomohiro Murayama, deputy managing editor of GLOBE, from The Asahi Shimbun, will serve as coordinator.

Special Lecture

Iwao Fuchigami

Representative Senior Managing Director, KYOCERA Solar Corporation

Iwao Fuchigami joined Kyocera Corporation in 1981 and has been involved in the promotion and sale of solar energy generation systems. He has been the main driving force behind the nation's first solar power generation unit developed for households and contributed to expanding utilization of the system. Mr. Fuchigami was instrumental in setting up Kyocera Solar Corporation, a distribution company for domestic marketing, in 1996. He became director in 1998, was appointed general manager of the Sales Division in 2007 and managing director in 2008, before assuming his current position in April 2010.

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The current situation and challenges facing solar power generation in Japan

The generation of solar power, particularly the installation and operation of household generation systems, is rapidly catching on in Japan, thanks to the reintroduction of government subsidies to help fund such systems and a program under which utility companies purchase surplus power generated by households at a fixed, standard price.
In this lecture, Mr. Fuchigami will present a picture of the current situation mainly through analysis of the market, based on his experience as the deputy chair of the housing study group of the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA). He will also address the challenges that lie ahead in promoting photovoltaic systems as we approach the age of solar power and try to identify new solutions.

Environmental CSR   15:35-17:20

Masako Konishi

Climate Change Project Leader at WWF Japan

Ms. Konishi graduated from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. After working as a news presenter at Chubu Nippon Broadcasting Co., she became a qualified weather forecaster in 1997, and began producing environmental programs related to weather anomalies at a private weather forecasting company. In 2005, Ms. Konishi became Climate Change Project Leader for the World Wide Fund for Nature Japan (WWF Japan). She has contributed to proposals on international negotiations, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as well as domestic policies, including the emissions trading framework. She has jointly published a number of books, including "Datsutansoshakai to Haishutsuryo Torihiki" ("Ex-Carbon Society and Emissions Trading.") In November 2009, Ms. Konishi published "Chikyu Ondanka no Saizensen" ("The Front Line in Global Warming") for the Iwanami Junior Shinsho series.

Will Oulton

European Head of Responsible Investment, Investment Consulting Business, Mercer

Will Oulton was director of Responsible Investment at the FTSE Group, where he led the management and development of its investment services, including FTSE4Good, which is known as the international index for SRI. He joined Mercer, a global provider of consulting services in the field of benefits, finances and human capital issues, in May 2010, as head of Responsible Investment for the European, Middle Eastern and African regions. He also serves as the vice president of EUROSIF, a pan-European stakeholder network that encourages sustainable and responsible investment. He also gives lectures on SRI at the SRI Center at the University of Nottingham, in Britain. He edited "Investment Opportunities for a Low Carbon World," which was published in June 2009.

Takashi Kiuchi

Chairman, E-Square, Inc.

Mr. Kiuchi was born in the German city of Hamburg and graduated from Keio University before earning his M.A. from the University of British Columbia. At Mitsubishi Electric Corp., he served as managing director while serving as chairman and CEO of Mitsubishi Electric America. In 1995, while he was posted to the U.S., he established Future 500, a network of corporations and organizations that aspires to develop a sound and prosperous society for the next generation. After returning to Japan in 2000, he established E-Square Inc., a company that supports corporate efforts towards establishing environmental visions, and assumed the position of chairman. His home in central Tokyo is lined with solar panels and he keeps 30,000 Japanese honey bees. He has penned numerous books, including "Shin-Gakumon no Susume" ("On Learning - New Version") and "Ne ttai Urin ga Oshiete Kureta Koto" ("What We Learned In The Rainforest - Business Lessons From Nature.")


Atsushi Komori

Senior Staff Writer, The Asahi Shimbun

Mr. Komori joined The Asahi Shimbun in 1987. After working at the newspaper’s Chiba and Shizuoka bureaus and in the business and financial news section at the Nagoya office, he moved to the business and financial news section in Tokyo, where he covered financial news and the then-Ministry of International Trade and Industry. He served as the Asahi's London business correspondent from 2002 to 2005, covering Europe and oil-producing countries. In 2006, he became project manager for The Asahi Shimbun Asia Network (AAN), which aims to serve as a bridge providing information between Asian countries and provide measures for energy cooperation throughout the Asian region. In 2008, he became senior staff writer in charge of energy and the environment. As part of the "Eco Wars" reporting team, Mr. Komori covered developments in environment management and environment businesses. He has published a book, "Shigen Sodatsusen o Koete: Asia Energy Kyodotai wa Kanoka?" ("Overcoming the Competition for Natural Resources: Is an Asian Energy Consortium possible?") and jointly authored, "Ushinawareta 20 Nen" ("The lost 20 Years") and "Eco Wars: Teitanso Shakai eno Chosen" ("Eco Wars: Challenges for a Low Carbon Society.")


 More companies are making “Environmental Management” one of the highest priorities of their corporate management strategies and are trying to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment. Previously, green management was looked upon merely as a way of helping a company to boost its image, but companies are now seriously implementing measures to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and enhancing their energy conservation and environmental technologies.
 This new focus came about in Japan because business leaders realized that in addition to reducing costs and improving competitiveness, introducing environmental management measures is the key to preparing for more stringent environmental regulations and the soaring price of resources. In fact, it is safe to say that we have entered a new era in which a company’s survival will be determined by its approach towards environmental management.
 In reality, developments in international negotiations on climate change are continually being reflected in new frameworks, including emissions trading here in Japan and overseas, to which companies must conform. In addition, companies are subject to the most intensive scrutiny for signs of environmental destruction and “deceptive ecology measures.” Any lack of consideration towards the environment becomes a huge management risk.
 During this special session, we will hear from specialists in various sectors. They will discuss this “new era for environmental management” that we need to take into account for our future. Takashi Kiuchi, chairman of E-Square Inc., served as executive managing director at Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and is renowned as a mentor in the field of environmental management. He will discuss the determination and spirit that top business leaders require in pursuing environmental management and comment on the gap in perception on green management among business leaders here in Japan and overseas - differences he has identified through his global network of contacts.
 Masako Konishi, Climate Change Project Leader at WWF Japan, will give a presentation on current trends regarding international negotiations and institutional frameworks, such as emissions trading, and the measures and responses that companies need to implement accordingly.
 Will Oulton is the European Head of Responsible Investment at the major consulting firm Mercer. He was previously involved in responsible investment at the FTSE Group, and led the development of the FTSE’s investment services, including FTSE4Good, which is recognized as the international index for SRI. Oulton will discuss the latest trends in this sector.

Special Lecture

Masatoshi Ito

President and CEO, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

Mr. Ito joined Ajinomoto in 1970. After working as head of the frozen food business, he became a board member in 1999. He was appointed vice president of Ajinomoto frozen foods affiliate in June 2001 and became president of the company in 2003. He became Vice President and Executive Officer of Ajinomoto in 2005 and was appointed vice president and concurrently general manager of marketing department of Ajinomoto’s food affiliate in the same year. He took up his present post in June 2009.

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Diversity and sustainability in environmental CSR

Ajinomoto marked its 100th anniversary in 2009 and, seeing this as a momentous landmark in our history and for the future, the company has identified “food and health” and “labor to live” as our corporate missions. Our aim is to nurture a company that contributes to global health. We hope to contribute as a member of society in the business areas of food, amino acids and medicine and health by taking up the issues of global sustainability, food resources and healthy lifestyles – which are the social tasks of the 21st century.
Food sustains life. We have developed our business, supported by the blessings of nature, in many parts of the world. The Ajinomoto group's basic stance is to make our business compatible with sustainable biological resources and to ensure the conservation of biodiversity. In my lecture, I would like to provide details of the sustainable business model that we have followed since our inception.