In Focus

Photo Report (November, 2019)

Official Visit by Mr. Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) and Dr. Martin Kayser, SVP of Product Safety, BASF (November 29, 2019)

State Minister Ishihara welcomed Mr. Duer of AEPW and Dr. Kayser of BASF, the world's leading chemical group. AEPW is made up of 40+ major global companies and BASF is its co-founding member. They have discussed opportunities to tackle the issue of marine litter. (Prior to joining AEPW, Mr. Duer was a director of the chemicals and health section of the UNEP.)


  • During the Meeting

  • Dr. Kayser of BASF, State Minister Ishihara, and Mr. Duer of AEPW (from left to right)

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Working Exchange with Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) (November 27, 2019)

Minister Koizumi, State Minister Sato, State Minister Ishihara, and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yagi participated in the informal meeting with Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) to present some of the most pressing environment issues. They engaged in an exchange of views on climate change policy, creation of a sustainable circular society, and conservation of biodiversity.


  • MOEJ Officials Led by Minister Koizumi

  • During the Session

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2019 Eco-Drive Symposium in Tokyo (November 27, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kato participated in the 2019 Eco-Drive Symposium and presented the Minister's award to those companies that are recognized as making the best efforts to promote eco-driving.


  • Remarks by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kato

  • Awards Presentation Ceremony

  • With Award Recipients

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Official Visit by Dr. Akira Yoshino, Honorary Fellow of Asahi Kasei and 2019 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (November 27, 2019)

Minister Koizumi welcomed Dr. Yoshino, among trio of scientists awarded this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry for the development of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. The battery continues to be developed, not least to improve its environmental impact. Minister thanked for their work's contribution to the environment and expressed his expectation towards future perspectives of Li-ion batteries.


  • Minister Koizumi Offering Bouquet Flowers from Iitate Village, Fukushima

  • Exchanging Opinions on Potential of Li-ion Batteries in Renewable Energy

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Official Visit by H.E. Mr Richard Court AC, Ambassador of Australia to Japan (November 26, 2019)

Minister Koizumi met with Ambassador Court to discuss matters of mutual concern such as the increasingly pertinent issue of marine litter in the Asia Pacific region. Minister Koizumi also expressed condolences to Australia on bushfire crisis. Minister and Ambassador praised the level of bilateral relations and mutual support between the two friendly countries.


  • Exchange of Opinions

  • Minister Koizumi Showing Cities Join the Global Movement to Net Zero by 2050

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Blockchain Pilot Project Inspection in Urawa-Misono Area, Saitama (November 26, 2019)

State Minister Sato visited Saitama to oversee the field implementation of a blockchain-based electricity market, where people trade solar energy within the neighborhood. She also participated in the meeting to assess blockchain's future in transactive energy and visited some of city's solar energy facilities.


  • During the Meeting

  • Home Battery System to Store Surplus Solar Power

  • Solar System at the Shopping Mall

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Second Climate Change Adaptation Conference (November 25, 2019)

Minister Koizumi and State Minister Sato hosted the 2nd Climate Change Adaptation Conference. At the meeting, they discussed the current government's climate change adaptation strategies to cope with increasing natural disasters due to climate change, and prepared the 2018 follow-up report.


  • Opening Address by Minister Koizumi

  • Closing Remarks by State Minister Sato

  • During the Meeting

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Official Visit by Mayor Tadaaki Kuriyama of Kawakami Village, Yoshino County, Nara Prefecture (November 25, 2019)

Minister Koizumi awarded Mayor Kuriyama of Kawakami village a certificate for the overall concept for sustainable approach towards ecotourism. The village is situated at the source of both the Yoshino and Kinokawa rivers, and known for having one of Japan's three great forests (along with Owase, Mie and Tenryu, Shizuoka), the home of 400-year old Yoshino cedar trees.


  • Mayor Kuriyama and Minister Koizumi

  • Minister Koizumi's Desk Name Plate Made from Yoshino Cedar Wood

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Third Japan-China Ministerial Roundtable Meeting on Environment in Tokyo (November 25, 2019)

Minister Koizumi welcomed Minister of Ecological Environment LI (Li Ganjie 李干杰) and the PRC delegation for the Ministerial Roundtable Meeting held in Tokyo. Aforementioned Ministers exchanged views on specific measures for future bilateral cooperation and coordination on marine litter.


  • Opening Remarks by Minister Koizumi

  • Minister Li and Minister Koizumi

  • Ministers and Delegations of Both Countries

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The 21st Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting (TEMM21) in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture (November 23-24, 2019)

Minister Koizumi hosted and chaired TEMM21 among Japan, China, and Korea. Ministers adopted the joint communiqué acknowledging new 8 TEMM priority cooperation areas for the period from 2020 to 2024. They further agreed to enhance regional cooperation on marine environment protection.


  • Signing Ceremony of the Joint Communiqué with South Korea's Environment Minister CHO Myung-Rae and China's Environment Minister LI Ganjie (李干杰)

  • At the Main Session

  • Minister Koizumi with Delegates from MOE Japan

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Official Visit by H.E. Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs (November 22, 2019)

As part of the Singaporean Foreign Minister's working visit to Japan, Minister Koizumi welcomed Dr. Balakrishnan and his officials at MOE Japan. The two ministers exchanged views on key negotiating issues before COP25 and discussed deepening the bilateral cooperation in various environmental fields. Minister Koizumi also explained the current development phase of the net zero movement in Japan.


  • During the Meeting

  • Minister Balakrishnan and Minister Koizumi

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Official Visit by H.E. Mr. Mukhtar Babayev, Azerbaijan's Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Chairman of the State Commission between Azerbaijan and Japan on Economic Cooperation (November 22, 2019)

Minister Koizumi welcomed Minister Babayev and other Azerbaijan officials, such as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramiz Hasanov, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Farhad Hajiyevand, Former Ambassador Gursel Ismayilzada, and Mr. Farid Talibov, Chargé d'Affaires ad interim. They discussed issues of common interests and concerns with the aim of further strengthening environmental cooperation.


  • Minister Koizumi Explaining Japan's Climate Change Mitigation Efforts

  • Minister Koizumi offering a scale model of GOSAT-2 (Ibuki-2) for gift exchange

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Official Visit by H.E. Mr. Pereric Högberg, Ambassador of Sweden to Japan (November 21, 2019)

Minister Koizumi and Ambassador Högberg engaged in close dialogue in order to strengthen cooperation to enhance climate ambition ahead of COP25. Ambassador Högberg also commended Minister Koizumi's decision to take paternity leave. Sweden has one of the most generous parental leave (föräldraledighet) systems in the world and is also the country that uses these benefits most equitably between parents.


  • Having a Friendly Exchange of Views

  • Minister Koizumi Explaining Japan's 2050 Zero Carbon Cities Initiative

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Official Visit by H.E. Dr. Patricia Flor, EU Ambassador to Japan (November 20, 2019)

Ahead of COP25, which will take place in December in Madrid, Spain, Minister Koizumi met with EU Ambassador Flor. They discussed the implementation of policies such as measures to achieve climate targets and a framework to promote the circular economy. Together, they identified means by which environmental areas of mutual concern can be attacked in a cooperative, coordinated manner.


  • During a Discussion

  • Ambassador Flor and Minister Koizumi

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CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) Forum on Decaronizing Management and Economy (From Vision to Action) in Tokyo (November 19, 2019)

MOE co-organized the CDP Forum where CDP's CEO, Mr. Paul Simpson delivered a keynote presentation for the climate & ecological emergency. Minister Koizumi talked about schemes and initiatives for TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures), SBT (Science Based Targets), RE100 (Renewable Energy 100%), and called on participating companies to take bolder action to go net zero.


  • Closing Address by Minister Koizumi

  • Panel Discussion Session

  • During the CDP Presentation

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Chrysanthemum Exhibition at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo (November 2-15, 2019)

Ministers visited the chrysanthemum exhibition, held every autumn at Shinjuku Gyoen since 1929. The first chrysanthemum exhibition was at the Akasaka Palace in 1878, mainly for the Imperial Family. Shinjuku Gyoen began cultivating exhibition-quality chrysanthemums in the early 1900s and in 1947, following the democratization in post-war Japan, it became national land and opened to the public.


  • Minister Kono and Minister Koizumi at the Large Chrysanthemum Flower Bed Exhibit (Ogiku bed)

  • State Minister Sato with Park Officials (in front of Edo-giku bed)

  • State Minister Ishihara Viewing Ozukuri Bed

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Official Visit by H.E. Mr. Laurent Pic, Ambassador of the French Republic to Japan (November 14, 2019)

Minister Koizumi sat down with French Ambassador Pic to exchange views on topics of common interest such as green bonds and energy transition. Together, they reaffirmed the excellent relations between Japan and France, and discussed deepening the bilateral cooperation in various environmental fields.


  • During the Meeting

  • Ambassador Pic and Minister Koizumi

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Official Visit by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University in New York, the United States (November 11, 2019)

Together with Columbia Alumni at MOE Japan, Minister Koizumi and State Minister Sato gave a warm welcome to Professor Sachs, a world-renowned economics professor and global leader in sustainable development. They exchanged views on how to accelerate action on sustainable development in Japan. He is also a special advisor to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Professor Sachs and Minister Koizumi

  • Both Minister Koizumi and State Minister Sato are Alumni of Columbia Graduate School

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Official Visit by H.E. Mr. Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum (November 6, 2019)

Together with State Minister Sato, Minister Koizumi welcomed Mr. Brende of the World Economic Forum. Minister Koizumi and Mr. Brende already had a meeting at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in New York in September so they engaged in follow up discussion mainly on circular economy this time. The official talks took place in a very friendly, open, and constructive atmosphere.


  • Meeting in a Friendly Atmosphere

  • At the Minister's Office

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Official Visit by Governor Mochamad Ridwan Kamil, Governor of West Java Province, the Republic of Indonesia (November 5, 2019)

State Minister Ishihara welcomed Governor Ridwan Kamil of West Java Province, Indonesia, and discussed future development cooperation for the region, in the field of waste management and water environment.


  • During the Meeting

  • State Minister Ishihara and Governor Ridwan Kamil

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Minister Koizumi's Visit to Disaster-Hit Areas of Typhoon No. 19 (Hagibis) in Nagano (November 3, 2019)

Together with Defense Minister Taro Kono, Minister Koizumi visited Nagano-city, which suffered extensive flood damage after a typhoon 19's record-breaking rains breached levees along the Chikuma River. Volunteers, municipalities, Self-Defense Forces (SDF), and MOE personnel coordinated efforts to quickly clear the disaster waste under an initiative called "One Nagano".


  • Discussing the Current Recovery Progress

  • At the Interim Waste Collection Point

  • Minister Koizumi and Minister Kono's Inspection with SDF Personnel

  • At the Akanuma Park, a temporary trash collection site in the city

  • Huge Amounts of Disaster Waste

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