Japan’s responses to rapid global sustainable finance evolution

How can Japanese institutional investors and financial institutions secure a place in the rapidly evolving sustainable finance world?

Join opinion leaders from Japan and abroad to discover how urgent theoretical and practical issues can marry with the vision for a new era of capitalism in a sustainability-conscious world.

Make new connections with 400+ senior Japanese finance professionals to debate regulatory developments, market trends and best practices in responsible investment, and be a part of advancing sustainable finance in Japan.

What can you expect at the forum?

Connect with the Japanese ESG and sustainable finance industry

Past attendees have included Dai-ichi Life Insurance, GPIF, Japan Post Insurance, Pension Fund Association, Sophia School Corporation, Transport Agency Pension Fund, and many more.

Get answers to the biggest ESG questions from industry experts

 
Carefully curated panel sessions will showcase the depth and the dynamics of sustainable finance discussion from global standardisations of ESG to organisational challenges to take up portfolio decarbonisation.

Japan-focused content with a global perspective

 
With a well-established network of sustainable finance practitioners, Responsible Investor will bring together both local and international attendees to discuss how to progress Japanese business in a sustainability-conscious world.

Hear from the top officials presenting strategies to push climate risk management forward and enhance opportunities in sustainable finance.

Connect with 400+ Japanese sustainable finance professionals

Aberdeen Standard Investments
AIG General Insurance Company
AllianceBernstein
Asahi Mutual Life Insurance
Asset Management One
Bank of Japan
BlackRock
BNP Paribas
BofA Securities Japan
ClearBridge Investments
Climate Disclosure Standards Board
Daido Life Insurance
Dai-ichi Life Insuarance
Daiwa Securities
Deutsche Bundesbank
Development Bank of Japan
Duskin Pension Fund
Eaton Vance Asia Pacific
European Investment Bank
Federated Hermes
Financial Services Agency
First Sentier Investors
FTSE Russell
General Insurance Association of Japan
Glass Lewis
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Government Pension Investment Fund
GRI
HSBC
Idemitsu Pension Fund
IFM Investors
IFRS Foundation
Institutional Shareholder Services
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Japan Bankers Association
Japan Exchange Group
Japan International Cooperation Agency
Japan Investment Advisory Association
Japan Post Bank
Japan Postal Insurance
Japan Sustainable Investment Forum
Japan Telecommunications Welfare Association
Japanese Red Cross Society Pension Fund
Japanese Trade Union Confederation
JPMorgan Asset Management
Keidanren Japan Business Federation
KKR (Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations)
Legal and General Investment Management
London Stock Exchange Group
M&G
Manulife Investment Management
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company
Mercer Japan
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Ministry of the Environment
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Mizuho Bank
Moody's
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings
MSCI
National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives
National Mutual Insurance Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives
Neuberger Berman
Nikko Asset Management
Nippon Life Insurance Company
Nissay Asset Management
NN Investment Partners
Nomura Holdings
Norinchukin Bank
Organization for Workers' Retirement Allowance Mutual Aid
Pension Fund Association
Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials
PGGM Investments
PRI
Resona Bank
Robeco
Rokinren Bank
S&P Global
Schroder Investment Management
Secom Pension Fund
Sekisui House Pension Fund
SMBC Trust Bank
Sumitomo Life Insurance
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Tokio Marine Holdings
Tokyo Electric Power Company
Tokyo Stock Exchange
Transport Agency Pension Fund
UBS Security
Vigeo Eiris
Wellington Management
World Bank Group
Yamato Group Pension Fund

Our leading advisory board in 2022

Our leading advisory board in 2022

Masaru Arai

Chairman

Japan Sustainable Investment Forum

Mariko Kawaguchi

Executive Advisor to the CEO

Fuji Oil Holdings

Arisa Kishigami

Independent Consultant

En-CycleS

Michiyo Morisawa

Head of Japan

PRI

Hideki Takada

Secretary-General

Green Finance Network Japan

Minako Yoneyama

Relationship Manager Japan, Signatory Relations

PRI

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The RI Japan conference will take place on 24-25 May 2022, all timings are in Japan Standard Time (UTC+9).

For more information on the agenda, please contact Sae Imamura.

sae@responsible-investor.com | +44 (0)20 3307 2474

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Agenda

RI Japan 2022 - Tuesday 24th

RI Japan 2022 - Day 1
08:00 - 08:45

Registration

08:30 - 08:45

Welcome remarks from Responsible Investor and Lead Sponsor

08:45 - 09:35

Plenary 1: The global standardisation of sustainable finance: background, expectations, and implications for Japanese investors

Yoichi Mori
  • Does the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) finally settle the question of what ESG is? 
  • How does the standard embrace the notions and debates around single, double, dynamic materiality? What about the real-world impact? 
  • How exactly does a tighter disclosure standard drive capital to sustainable assets?  

Speakers:

Yoichi Mori, Technical Director, Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountant

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Yoichi Mori

Technical Director, The Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (JICPA)

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09:35 - 10:05

Interview: Key policy developments to watch in the latter half of 2022

10:05 - 10:20

Keynote

Tokutaro Nakai

Tokutaro Nakai, Vice Minister, Ministry of the Environment

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Tokutaro Nakai

Vice Minister, Ministry of the Environment

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10:20 - 11:00

Networking break

11:00 - 11:50

Plenary 2: Are Japanese investors and the financial infrastructure ready for a sustainability-minded ‘new capitalism’?

Michiyo Morisawa, Takeshi Mizuguchi
  • Key players and initiatives to align policy, regulations, and practices to the sustainable economy vision 
  • How has JPX’s market restructuring changed the game for corporates and investors? 
  • Levelling up Japanese investor’s responsible investment practice 

Speakers:

Michiyo Morisawa, Head of Japan, PRI

Takeshi Mizuguchi, President, Takasaki City University of Economics

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Michiyo Morisawa

Head of Japan, PRI

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Takeshi Mizuguchi

President, Takasaki City University of Economics

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11:50 - 12:40

Plenary 3: Building trust and credibility in the sustainable finance industry: How can investors, lenders and service providers be true to their sustainability claim?

Takeshi Kimura, Hideki Takada
  • How are European and global investors grappling with SFDR? Is there any similar regulation on the horizon? 
  • What can be done to avoid green and sustainability wash?  
  • Engaging and improving transparency in ESG rating methodologies. 

Speakers:

Takeshi Kimura, Special Advisor to the Board, Nippon Life Insurance

Hideki Takada, Director, Strategy Development Division, Strategy Development and Management Bureau, Financial Services Agency

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Takeshi Kimura

Special Adviser to the Board, Nippon Life

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Hideki Takada

Secretary General, Green Finance Network Japan

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12:40 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 14:15

Stream A-1: How investable are the technological innovations for net-zero?

  • Who is bearing the cost of the first move, and what is the outlook?  
  • Hydrogen, carbon capture, ammonia: understanding the efficacy and evaluating investment value.  
13:30 - 14:15

Stream B-1: Pension fund management and ESG

David Fairs
  • Evolving ESG related regulations for pension funds in the UK, Australia 
  • Do ESG and responsible investment help the sustainability of the pension funds themselves? 

Speaker:

David Fairs, Executive Director Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice, The Pensions Regulator

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David Fairs

Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice, The Pension Regulator (TPR)

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13:30 - 14:15

Stream C-1: Making a positive impact through investment

  • What does the performance of “positive impact investment” look like? 
  • Tracking and managing impact data  
  • Leveraging concessional capital for impact investment in developing countries 
14:20 - 15:05

Stream A-2: Energy sector: a picture of the transition

  • Progress and outlook of collaborative engagement work with the energy sector
  • How do investors evaluate the credibility of a transition plan?
14:20 - 15:05

Stream B-2: ESG related litigation risk as a reality

  • Lessons learnt from climate-related litigation cases against pension funds
  • How far should the investors and the holding companies be held accountable for the wrong-doing in the supply chain?
14:20 - 15:05

Stream C-2: What is the role of sustainability in fixed income strategy?

  • How have green, social, sustainability bonds performed against conventional paper?
  • ESG factors to consider when investing in sovereign bonds
15:05 - 15:40

Networking break

15:40 - 16:30

Step-by-step explainer: Investors’ guide to net-zero journey: part 1

A leading net-zero asset owner presents their own experience in:

  • Gaining internal buy-ins for net-zero
  • Analysing portfolio carbon footprint

Speakers:

The Dai-ichi Life

15:40 - 16:30

Round table dialogue: Japan’s sustainable finance experts

Reiko Hayashi, Takeshi Mizuguchi, Arisa Kishigami
  • Key discussion topics and afterthoughts from the ministerial expert panels and committees
  • What needs to consider next?

Speakers:

Reiko Hayashi, Director and Deputy President

BofA Securities Japan, Board Member, ICMA

Takeshi Mizuguchi, President, Takasaki City University of Economics

Arisa Kishigami, Independent Consultant, EnCycleS

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Reiko Hayashi

Director and Deputy President, BofA Securities Japan

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Takeshi Mizuguchi

President, Takasaki City University of Economics

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Arisa Kishigami

Independent Consultant, En-CycleS

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15:40 - 16:30

Case study: climate portfolio analysis

An in-depth presentation of portfolio analysis and TCFD reporting from an asset owner with commentaries.

16:35 - 17:25

Step-by-step explainer: Investors’ guide to net-zero journey: part 2

A leading net-zero asset owner presents their own experience in:

  • Setting decarbonisation strategy
  • Engaging with the key players

Speakers:

The Dai-ichi Life

16:35 - 17:25

Round table dialogue: response from market practitioners

  • How should the investment chain function for sustainable finance?
  • Expectations to the regulators and asset owners
16:35 - 17:25

Showcase: New sustainable leaders and their strategies

Research presentations from university students and U30 market participants.

17:30 - 19:30

Drinks reception

Agenda

RI Japan 2022 - Wednesday 25th

RI Japan 2022 - Day 2
09:30 - 09:45

Registration

09:45 - 10:30

Stream A-3: Sustainability of the Japanese regional economy

  • How has the regional economy been considered in the sustainable finance discussion?
  • Net-zero transition that is just for the regional economy
  • Future visions of the regional financial institutions
09:45 - 10:30

Stream B-3: Data challenges of “S”

Masaru Arai
  • Is there enough data to evaluate employees’ health, safety and wellbeing and what has changed since the pandemic?
  • The best metrics for diversity, equity and inclusion in the context of Japanese companies

Speakers:

Masaru Arai, Chair, Japan Sustainable Investment Forum

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Masaru Arai

Chairman, Japan Sustainable Investment Forum

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09:45 - 10:30

Round table dialogue: Chief Financial Officers

  • How do they respond to a call of ESG as a corporate financial matter? What are the strategies?
  • How crucial should ESG considerations be integrated into financial operations?
10:45 - 11:30

Stream A-4: Sustainable food systems

Arisa Kishigami
  • Climate change, nutrition, and antibiotics… what are sustainability concerns in the food industry?
  • Where should investors allocate their capital and engagement effort to avoid risks and support building a reliable food system locally and globally?

Speakers:

Arisa Kishigami, Independent Consultant, EnCycleS

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Arisa Kishigami

Independent Consultant, En-CycleS

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10:45 - 11:30

Stream B-4: Disclosure of sustainability information

Ryusuke Ohori
  • How can Japanese domestic disclosure guidelines be aligned with ISSB’s prototype?
  • Caveats behind disclosed information around human resources and non-tangible assets?

Speakers:

Ryusuke Ohori, Executive Director, IICEF

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Ryusuke Ohori

Executive Director, Institutional Investors Collective Engagement Forum

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10:45 - 11:30

Round table dialogue: Accountants & Auditors

  • How to integrate ESG into an accounting practice
  • Is there a tangible procedure for verification?
  • How can impact be factored into accounting?
11:45 - 12:30

Stream A-5: Biodiversity and the future of the industries that are reliant on natural capital

  • Key outcomes of COP15 and its implications to companies and investors
  • How are market actors setting out the target areas and metrics?
  • Opportunities associated with tackling biodiversity loss
11:45 - 12:30

Stream B-5: Constructive and sustainable relationship of active owners and board of directors

Chieko Matsuda
  • Is there a clear-cut answer for the board composition and transparency?
  • Development of active ownership in Japan
  • Would investors ever be able to foresee governance scandals?
  • Executive compensation and ESG performance

Chieko Matsuda

Professor of Graduate School for Business Administration, Tokyo Metropolitan University

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11:45 - 12:30

Showcase: Insights of ESG analysts

Presentations about a specific ESG theme or sector analysis with an ESG perspective by market analysts.

12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 13:45

Keynote

Tomoko Amaya

Tomoko Amaya, Vice Minister for International Affairs, Financial Services Agency

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Tomoko Amaya

Vice Minister for International Affairs, Financial Services Agency

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13:45 - 14:15

Interview: Has the dust settled on taxonomy debates?

14:15 - 15:05

Plenary 3: Bolstering transition finance

  • How does the Japanese governments’ roadmap-based approach work out?
  • Compatibility of Japanese transition roadmap and globally developed sectoral pathways
  • Credibility of transition plans and determinants for capital allocations to transition funds
15:05 - 15:30

Networking break

15:30 - 16:00

Interview: Are the SDGs still attainable in an economy fundamentally changed by the pandemic?

16:00 - 16:15

Keynote

Tokiko Shimizu

Keynote: Tokiko Shimizu, Assistant Governor, Bank of Japan

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Tokiko Shimizu

Assistant Governor, Bank of Japan

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16:15 - 17:05

Plenary 4: Changing global sustainable finance landscape in the net-zero era

Mariko Kawaguchi, Bruno Roche
  • What happens to benchmarks and passive investment as decarbonisation accelerates?
  • Are there going to be more divestment cases as the tension of the climate crisis mount?
  • Impact and long-term implication of the standardisation for the sustainable finance industry
  • Does the world continue looking to Europe for the leadership of sustainable finance?

Speakers:

Mariko Kawaguchi, Specially Appointed Professor of Rikkyo University, Executive Advisor to CEO, Fuji Oil Holdings

Bruno Roche, Founder and Executive Director, Economics of Mutuality

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Mariko Kawaguchi

Executive Advisor to the CEO, Fuji Oil Holdings

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Bruno Roche

Founder & Executive Director, Economics of Mutuality

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Speakers confirmed for May 2022

For more information on speaking in 2022, please contact Sae Imamura.

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Tomoko Amaya

Vice Minister for International Affairs, Financial Services Agency

Ms. Amaya is Vice Minister for International Affairs at Japan’s FSA since July 2021. Prior to the current position, she served as Vice Commissioner for International Affairs. She is a member of the Financial Stability Board and serves as Co-Chair of… Read full bio

David Fairs

Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice, The Pension Regulator (TPR)

David was appointed Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice in 2018, having previously been a senior partner at KPMG. He is responsible for the development of policy at The Pensions Regulator; co-chair of the Diversity and Inclus… Read full bio

Reiko Hayashi

Director and Deputy President, BofA Securities Japan

Reiko Hayashi is director and deputy president of BofA Securities Japan Co., Ltd. In these roles, she oversees the firm’s interactions with regulators and government departments in Japan and is responsible for overseeing the governance framework acro… Read full bio

Mariko Kawaguchi

Executive Advisor to the CEO, Fuji Oil Holdings

Specially Appointed Professor of Rikkyo University, Executive Advisor to CEO, Fuji Oil Holdings, Special Advisor to Daiwa Institute of Research, Advisor to Sustainability Committee of Asset Management One. After acquiring master’s degree (environment… Read full bio

Takeshi Kimura

Special Adviser to the Board, Nippon Life

Dr Takeshi Kimura is Special Adviser to the Board of Nippon Life Insurance, Japan’s largest private institutional investor. He has served as Board Director of the PRI since July 2021. Before joining Nippon Life Insurance, he worked at the Bank of Jap… Read full bio

Takeshi Mizuguchi

President, Takasaki City University of Economics

After working at a trade company and an audit firm as a certified public accountant, he became a lecturer at the Takasaki City University of Economics in 1997 and had been a professor since 2008. He has been appointed as the President of the Universi… Read full bio

Yoichi Mori

Technical Director, The Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (JICPA)

Yoichi Mori leads integrated reporting and assurance projects in JICPA. He works with multiple stakeholders in the corporate reporting field, including businesses, investors and regulators through research projects, framework development and policy d… Read full bio

Tokutaro Nakai

Vice Minister, Ministry of the Environment

After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, he entered the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in 1985. After working at the Budget Bureau, he was temporarily assigned to the Toyama Prefectural Government. During his assignment in Toyama. Re… Read full bio

Ryusuke Ohori

Executive Director, Institutional Investors Collective Engagement Forum

Graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Tokyo in 1987. Joined Nomura Securities in the same year and was assigned to Institutional Research and Advisory Department. Subsequently, Mr. Ohori worked in sell-side analyst operations,… Read full bio

Bruno Roche

Founder & Executive Director, Economics of Mutuality

Bruno Roche is the founder and executive director of the Economics of Mutuality, a new school of thought and a disruptive model for economic performance designed to transform business at the core, establish reciprocal relationships between business,… Read full bio

Tokiko Shimizu

Assistant Governor, Bank of Japan

Ms. Tokiko Shimizu has served as Assistant Governor since July 2020, and is in charge of International Department, and the Bank’s international affairs. Since joining the Bank in 1987, she has accumulated experience mainly in the fields of financial… Read full bio

Hideki Takada

Secretary General, Green Finance Network Japan

Mr. Takada has been working as a government official at the Ministry of Finance since 1995, dealing with various policy areas including public finance, tax and financial services. His career also includes secondments to other public bodies such as: H… Read full bio

Mari Yoshitaka

Principal Sustainability Strategist, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Dept., Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting

Mari joined Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities in 2000 to start up the Clean Energy Finance Committee and transferred to MURC in May 2020. Her area of expertise is climate change policy, especially climate finance and mitigation projects, in th… Read full bio

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