Tokyo Sustainable Finance Forum

Tokyo Sustainable Finance Forum

This forum is aimed towards stakeholders of domestic and international financial institutions, etc., and will address subjects pertaining to global trends and future outlook of sustainable finance.
“Transition Finance” “Impact Investment” “International Financial City: Tokyo”

Sustainable finance, which uses financial techniques to solve social issues and build a sustainable society, has become a global trend. This forum will focus on three major themes, and through lectures and pitches, we will provide the latest information on sustainable finance, its future prospects and what significance sustainable finance has for the outlook of Tokyo and Japan.

Collaboration with global event “PRI in Person” and “Japan Weeks” organized by the Japanese government

This year, “PRI in Person,” a global event on responsible investment and ESG investment organized by Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) *1, will be held in Tokyo. This forum will collaborate with PRI in Person, and together we will build momentum for sustainable finance. PRI Chief Executive Officer David Atkin and Chief Sustainable Systems Officer Nathan Fabian will take the stage as speakers at the forum to help deepen discussions.

In addition, by collaborating with “Japan Weeks*2 ” to be held around the same time by the Japanese government, we will aim to enhance Tokyo’s presence as an international financial city.
*1 PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) is an investor network formed through a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme-Finance Initiative and the United Nations Global Compact. Currently, more than 5,000 institutions worldwide have signed on.
*2 The Japanese government will hold the “Japan Weeks” event for the first time from September 25 (Monday) to October 6 (Friday) this year to disseminate information on related measures taken by the Japanese government to realize an international financial center and on the attractiveness of Japan as a financial and capital market.
Participation by companies receiving support under the Tokyo metropolitan government’s initiative of attracting overseas firms, and pitches by domestic startups

In April 2023, the Tokyo metropolitan government established an office with functions of promoting the international financial city concept, attracting overseas companies and advancing regulatory reform. The office puts together core departments related to startups. Mr. Ian Sim, CEO of Impax Asset Management, a leading ESG asset management company in the U.K. that is receiving support from the Tokyo metropolitan government under its initiative of attracting overseas companies, will be speaking at the event.

The Tokyo Financial Awards are given annually to financial businesses that develop and provide innovative financial products and services that contribute to solving the needs of Tokyo residents, and to financial businesses that promote ESG investment. Pitches by companies selected for the Financial Innovation Category and the ESG Investment Category of the awards will be held.

Programs & Instructors
Opening declaration FinCity.Tokyo
Laurent Depus
FinCity.Tokyo Ambassador

Keynote Speech:
“The global landscape for responsible investment”
David Atkin
CEO of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Keynote Speech
Yoshio Horimoto
Vice Commissioner for Strategy Development and Evidence-based Policymaking
Strategy Development and Management Bureau,
Financial Services Agency of Japan


Theme Session 1
Mark Carney
Chair, Brookfield Asset Management; Head of Transition Investing

Panel Discussion 1:
“Promoting Transition Finance” 
Akihiro Seo
Director, IHI Corporation
Hiroyuki Tezuka
Fellow, JFE Steel Corporation
Olivier Menard
Head of Green & Sustainable Hub Asia Pacific, Natixis Corporate and Investment Banking
Atsuko Kajiwara
Senior Executive Officer, Head of Sustainable Finance Evaluation Group
Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd.
Koki Utsumi
Managing Executive Officer,Nippon Life Insurance Company
Sayuri Shirai
Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University

Theme Session 2:
“The latest global trends in Impact Management for Investments
ー Expectations and the role of Japan”
Fabienne Michaux
Director of SDG Impact of United Nations Development Programme

Panel Discussion 2:
“Impact Investing Goes to ‘How’”
Hideki Takada
Director, Strategy Development Division, FSA and Budget Bureau, MOF
Ken Shibusawa
Chief Executive Officer, Shibusawa and Company, Inc.
Founder and Chairman, Commons Asset Management
Founder and CEO, & Capital, Inc.
Senior Advisor, Brunswick Group
Tsukasa Kanai
Fellow Officer, Chief Sustainability Officer,
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
Chunmei Huang
CFA,CPA/Managing Director, Shinsei Corporate Investment Limited / Representative Director, Shinsei Impact Investment Limited.
Mitsuaki Aoyagi
Vice-chair of Executive Committee,
Social Innovation and Investment Foundation (SIIF)


Pitch Lectures
Tomohiro Okada
Representative Director, CEO, KAERU Inc.
Eisuke Shimizu
Eisuke Shimizu
Chief Executive Officer, founder (MD,PhD), OUI Inc.
Hiroshi Suetsugu
Founder and CEO
sustainacraft, Inc. 
Takuya Kitamura
Chief Executive Officer,SENSYN ROBOTICS, Inc.
Gen Tatara
General Manager Administration Division
Tsubame BHB Co., Ltd.

Theme session 3:
“Tokyo as an Asian Hub for Sustainable Finance”
Ian Simm
Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management Group plc

Panel Discussion 3:
“The Path to Becoming an International Financial Center”
Makiko Hashizume
Center for the Strategy of Emergence,senior manager,The Japan Research Institute, Limited
Hiroo Ichikawa
Professor Emeritus, Meiji University / Professor, Teikyo University / Executive Director, The Mori Memorial Foundation
Tetsuya Inoue
FCT Head of Policy Research
Hiromi Yamaoka
Chief Advisor for International Finance, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Board Director and Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Future Corporation
Fumihiro Kajikawa
Director, GX Finance Promotion Office / Office for Opening the GX Promotion Organization, METI

Concluding Discussion
Fumiyo Harada
Managing Executive Officer
Development Bank of Japan, Inc.
Nathan Fabian
Chief Sustainable Systems Officer of Principles for Responsible Investment(PRI)

Closing Declaration
Yuriko Koike
Governor of Tokyo

Event Overview
Organizer The Organization of Global Financial City Tokyo
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI),
Financial Services Agency,Japanese Bankers Association,Investment Trusts Association,Japan Securities Dealers Association,Japan Investment Advisers Association,Japan Society of Securities Analysts,CFA Society Japan,Japan Exchange Group, Inc.,Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc.,The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA),Japan Investment Asset Managers Association(JIAM)
Date & Time Friday, October 6, 2023, 13:00-18:00 (JST)
*Networking opportunities will be offered at the venue after the forum.
Event format Hybrid (Both in-person & online participation)
*Applications for on-site participation are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
*Online participation will be accepted until the end of the event.
*Simultaneous distribution in English and Japanese will be available.
Entry fee Free for both in-person and online participation
(Pre-registration required)
Venue KABUTO ONE Hall & Conference
(7-1 Nihonbashi Kabuto-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Access to the venue Venue website
Contact information
Seminar Secretariat,
Financial Market Information Div,
Jiji Press

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