Japan Rebooted: Climate Change and Energy Innovation


NEW YORK, June 8, 2016 — Yoriko Kawaguchi, a professor at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs in Tokyo and former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Japan, and David Sandalow, the inaugural fellow at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy, discussed energy innovation and climate change in Japan at Asia Society on Wednesday. Jackson Ewing, the Director of Asian Sustainability at the Asia Society Policy Institute, moderated the discussion. (1 hr., 4 min.)

Wednesday, June 8 12:30-2:00PM
Lunch will be served at 12:00PM

With the adverse effects of climate change ever more evident, it has become imperative to examine the role of energy technology in mitigating those effects. A model for cutting-edge technology innovation, Japan has made significant inroads to remake its energy systems and accelerate its renewable energy efforts as a viable solution for this global challenge.

As global environmental and energy concerns magnify, how can Japan tap into its historically innovative and efficient mindset to meet its goals for a cleaner Earth by 2050? What can Japan learn from Europe, a continent well-established in wind energy, in order to harness the full potential of offshore wind as a possible sustainable solution? What can the rest of the world learn from Japan? How can Japan reinvent solar power to boost its efficiency? And, of course, what does this all mean for the future of nuclear power in Japan? If it should remain a large part of the country’s energy supply, how can it be made safer?
Asia Society New York is proud to present "Japan Rebooted: Climate Change and Energy Innovation", a program that will bring together distinguished experts and policymakers for in-depth analysis, a look at best practices, and to get the latest intelligence on the role of Japanese energy technology in addressing climate change.


Yoriko Kawaguchi is a Professor at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs in Tokyo, Japan and former Minister of the Environment, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, and former Special Adviser to the Japanese Prime Minister for foreign affairs. In 2008, she was appointed co-chair of an International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Prior to joining Columbia, he served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, including Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs. Prior to serving at DOE, Mr. Sandalow was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as well as Energy & Climate Change Working Group Chair at the Clinton Global Initiative.

Jackson Ewing (moderator) is the Director of Asian Sustainability at the Asia Society Policy Institute. Prior to joining ASPI, he led the Environment, Climate Change, and Food Security Program at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Dr. Ewing publishes widely through a range of mediums and is a regular contributor to radio, television, and print media.  

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Wed 08 Jun 2016
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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