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East Asia, Climate change, energy & environment, Centre for the Study of Global Japan

Event Report: Japan: Climate Change Leader?

On March 4th, 2020, the Centre for the Study of Global Japan held a talk in order to address the question of whether or not Japan can remerge as a climate change leader. This panel was moderated by Professor Matthew Hoffman, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, with lectures provided by Professor Phillip Lipscy, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Japan, University of Toronto, and Mari Yoshitaka, a leading expert in environment business and environment finance who has served on numerous Japanese government policy committees. Mari is Chief Environmental & Social Strategist for Environmental Strategy Advisory Division at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd. and also is a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. Through their talks, the attendees had the opportunity to learn about the climate change politics in Japan and gain insight regarding the country’s climate resilience, energy security challenges and action plans for remerging as a leader in climate change.

The attendees made the following Q&A session vibrant and engaging, with questions being addressed to Prof. Lipscy and Ms. Yoshitaka.

The Centre for the Study of Global Japan would like to thank Professor Hoffman, Ms. Yoshitaka and all of the attendees for their attentiveness and enthusiasm. We would also like to thank the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto for their support of this event.