Seminar 1: Japan's Energy Policy 2035 Impact of 60% Reduction in 2035Will Japan's Energy Policy Change?

3 August 2023

in Japanese

The G7 Ministers' Meeting on Climate, Energy and Environment held in April this year included in its joint statement the urgent task of reducing global GHG emissions by 60% by 2035 from 2019 levels, as called for by the IPCC in its 6th Assessment Report. This recognition was also confirmed at the May summit meeting chaired by Prime Minister Kishida.

In order to target a 60% cut in GHG by 2035, the current goal to reduce 46% by 2030 must be significantly increased and measures must be accelerated. What kind of transformations will this new "international commitment" demand on Japan's energy policy, and what will be the role of corporations and local governments?

We had invited three experts, Takeo Kikkawa of International University of Japan, Yukari Takamura of the University of Tokyo, and Hiroshi Takahashi of Hosei University, to join us for an in-depth discussion.


[MC] Takanobu Aikawa Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute

Presentation 1:  Impact of the G7 Agreement on the Basic Energy Plan
Takeo Kikkawa    Vice President / Professor, Graduate School of International Management, International University of JapanDL (in Japanese)

Presentation 2: What the 1.5°C Target Means: Implications for Policy and Business
Yukari Takamura    Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo DL (in Japanese)

Presentation 3: Energy Transition and Industrial Transformation for 60% Reduction
Teruyuki Ohno Executive Director, Renewable Energy InstituteDL (in Japanese)

Discussion: Will Japan's Energy Policy Change?
Takeo Kikkawa 
Yukari Takamura
Teruyuki Ohno
[Moderator] Hiroshi Takahashi Professor, Department of Policy Science on Society, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hosei University

Speakers Profile

  • Takeo Kikkawa
    Vice President / Professor, Graduate School of International Management, International University of Japan
    Takeo Kikkawa graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1975 and completed the doctral course in the Graduate School of Economics at the University of Tokyo in 1983. In the same year he became Full-time Lecturer at the Department of Business Administration at Aoyama Gakuin University. Between 1987 and 1993 he served as Associate Professor at the university. In 1993 he became Associate Professor of the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo, and in 1996 Professor at the university. He was appointed Professor of the Graduate School of Commerce and Management at Hitotsubashi University in 2007, and Professor of the Graduate School of Innovation at Tokyo University of Science in 2015. He took his current position at International University of Japan in 2020 and has also served as vice president since 2021.
  • Yukari Takamura
    Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo
    After receiving Master of Laws (Public International Law) from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, she was appointed Associate Professor at Shizuoka University. Before joining the University of Tokyo in 2018, she worked as Professor at Ryukoku University, Kyoto, and Professor at Nagoya University, Japan. She also studied at Graduate School of University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), France and was Visiting Researcher at University of London, U.K.
    She is member of the Editorial Board of Journal Sustainability Science and of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal Climate Policy. She is member of Board of Directors of the Japanese Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies as well as member of the Board of Executive Directors of the Japanese Society for Environmental Law and Policy Studies.
    She serves as member of governmental advisory bodies, among others, Central Environmental Council as President, and Procurement Price Calculation Committee for Feed-in Tariff Scheme for Renewable Energy as Chair. She is also member of the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She is member of Science Council of Japan and serves as Vice President since October 2020, and received Environmental Conservation Merit’s Minister of the Environment Award in 2018.
  • Hiroshi Takahashi
    Professor, Faculty of Social Science, Hosei University
    Hiroshi Takahashi specializes in public policy and energy policy. He obtained a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA, USA and a doctoral degree from the University of Tokyo, and currently serves as Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hosei University. His former career includes Deputy Director at IT Policy Office of Cabinet Secretariat, Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo, and Research Fellow at Fujitsu Research Institute, and Professor at Tsuru University. He has actively participated in the policy formation of Japan’s electricity system reform and renewable energy policy as a member of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, a special advisor to the Cabinet Office and a member of Regulatory Reform for renewable energy deployment. He is the author of "International Political Economy of Energy Transition" (2021, Nihon Hyoron Sha), "Energy Policy Studies" (2017, Iwanami Shoten) and "Market Liberalization of Electric Utilities" (2011, Nihon Keizai Shimbun Shuppansha), among others.

Event Details

Date / Time Thursday 3 August / 17:00-19:00 JST, 10:00-12:00 CEST
Event Format Webcasted (via Zoom) 
Organizer Renewable Energy Institute
Admission Free (Pre-registration required)

External Links

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  • 自然エネルギー協議会
  • 指定都市 自然エネルギー協議会
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