In Focus

Photo Report (March, 2019)

The 8th Meeting of the Japanese Nudge Unit (March 18, 2019)

The original Nudge Unit (aka Behavioural Insights Team) is an organisation set up to apply nudge theory (behavioural economics and psychology) to try to improve government policy and services as well as to save the UK government money. It has spread and several nudge units exist around the world at the national level as well as at the international level.


  • Remarks by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

  • During the meeting

  • Nudge Unit of Japan

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The High Level Segment of the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (March 14, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata attended and discussed at the high-level segment of UNEA-4, held from March 11 to 15 in Nairobi, Kenya. He outlined for a draft resolution (from Japan, Norway and Sri Lanka) on marine litter and microplastics.


  • Keynote Speech by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

  • Panel Discussion

  • With H.E. Mr. Siim Kiisler, Minister of Environment of Estonia and President of UNEA-4

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The Second Japan-Myanmar Environmental Policy Dialogue (March 13, 2019)

Minister Harada met with Myanmar's Union Minister U Ohn Win during the Second Japan-Myanmar Environmental Policy Dialogue, to discuss about environmental matters including climate change, marine litter, waste management, sewerage, and septic system.


  • Opening Remarks by Minister Harada

  • Bilateral Meeting

  • With H.E. U Ohn Win, Union Minister for National Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar

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Official Visit by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (March 13, 2019)

Minister Harada met with Prof. Schwab and engaged in an exchange of views on enhanced future cooperation between MOE and WEF (World Economic Forum).


  • During the meeting

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Community Development Symposium×SATOYAMA & SATOUMI Movement (March 12, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata participated in the Community Development Symposium and talked about MOE's aim to build a self-reliant and decentralized society in each region, creating a "Circulating and Ecological Economy" to complement and support.


  • Speech by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

  • During the symposium

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The Great East Japan Earthquake Memorial Service (March 11, 2019)

State Minister Akimoto attended the Memorial Ceremony marking the 8th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, held in Fukushima, and observed a moment of silence.


  • State Minister Akimoto laid flowers

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Official Visit by Ambassador William Hagerty (U.S. Ambassador to Japan) (March 7, 2019)

Minister Harada exchanged opinions with Ambassador Hagerty, to enhance U.S.-Japan Environmental Cooperation.


  • Welcoming Ambassador Hagerty to MOE

  • Exchanging views

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Science20 (S20) Japan 2019 (March 6, 2019)

Minister Harada and State Minister Kiuchi attended Science20 (S20) Japan 2019 to discuss new global challenges and threats to coastal and marine ecosystems.


  • Opening Remarks by Minister Harada

  • Receiving the Joint Statement by Science20 (S20)

  • Exchanging Views on Marine Plastic Litter

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CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) Supply Chain Asia Summit 2019 (March 4, 2019)

MOE and CDP hosted the CDP Supply Chain Asia Summit 2019, where sustainability, supply chain & procurement professionals and investors gathered.


  • Opening Remarks by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

  • MOE's presentation on ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors into sustainable business value

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The Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific and the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Marine Debris, in Bangkok, Thailand (March 4-6, 2019)

State Minister Akimoto attended the 9th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific and the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Marine Debris, both of which were held in Bangkok, Thailand.


  • Opening Speech by State Minister Akimoto at the Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific

  • During the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Marine Debris

  • Bilateral Meeting with General Surasak Karnjanarat, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand

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The Closing Event of IYOR 2018 (International Year of the Reef) (March 1, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata participated in the closing event of IYOR 2018 and disucussed about the IYOR 2008 accomplishment. In his speech, he highlighted the importance of continuing raising awareness about the value and importance of coral reefs and to motivate people to take action to protect them.


  • Speech by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

  • Together with Official Supporters

  • IYOR2018 End of Year Report

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