Purpose of the Symposium:

The so-called “Green New Deal policy” which President Obama proposed is having a significant influence to the world. The U.S. is envisioning the employment of around 5 million people by doubling natural energy such as those from solar power or wind power generation in three years, spreading the use of home-rechargeable “plug-in hybrids vehicles” to 1 million vehicles by 2015, and this policy is also referred to as the “New Apollo Program” of the 21st century.

Furthermore, the U.S. is drastically boosting the environment, technological development and economic stimulus programs through “economic stimulus legislations” that amounts to a total of 780 billion dollars (about 72 trillion yen), such as the innovative electrical transmission and distribution network (smart grid) that adopts leading technologies, energy-saving at public facilities, subsidies on research to develop high performance batteries for automobiles, etc. Germany, France, England, China, and Korea are all concurrently moving to prioritize investments in environment/energy fields. Since the wave of the “Green New Deal” could not only bring new business opportunities to the industrial world, but could also decide the shape of the earth’s future, it is also expected to lead to a significant innovation in international politics and how international cooperation should be conducted.

At this symposium we would like to search how the Japanese business community, universities, Japan as a country and its citizens should do within this big wave, and what path Japan should take in the future.

Date / Venue: * Finished

  • Date : Thursday, October 29, 2009 13:00-17:00
  • Venue : Nihon Kyoiku Kaikan (Japan Education Center) 3F, "Hitotsubashi Hall"
    2-6-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo ()
  • Registration Fee : Free (Pre-registration required.)
  • Capacity : 800 people

Program: * Symposium Brochure [PDF: 9.52MB]

13:00Welcome Remarks
PresidentJapan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
13:05Guest Greetings
Shinichiro IZUMI
Director GeneralScience and Technology Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Keynote Lecture
13:10-14:00Gerald HANEPh.D. President and CEOBattelle-Japan
"Challenging the Energy-Climate Continuum -Are Big Steps Big Enough?-" [PDF: 2.66MB]
14:05-14:35Hiroyuki YOSHIKAWAPh.D. Director-GeneralCenter for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
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Panel Discussion
Masahiro KURODAPh.D. PresidentTohoku University of Community Service and Science
Keigo AKIMOTOPh.D. Group LeaderResearch Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, Systems Analysis Group
Akira OZAKISenior FellowTOSHIBA CORPORATION, Power Systems Company, Nuclear Energy Systems & Services Division
Junko OKAYAMAFellowCenter for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Junichi TAKIEditorial and Senior WriterNIKKEI INC.
16:55Closing Remarks : Shin AOYAMAExecutive DirectorJapan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
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