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Symposium Program

Symposium Title:
“Energy Security and a New Development of Energy Business”

Date and Time: 13:00-17:00 November 27th, Tuesday, 2012

Venue: Ito Hall (B2 Floor), Ito International Research Center, the University of Tokyo Hongo Campus

Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan


  • The global supply and demand of energy is now shifting over to a new stage of higher crude oil prices, confronted by major changes in the energy environment such as the accident at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, the stalled negotiations on global warming which has been lowered in the priority, the rapid expansion of energy demand in Asia, and the emergence of shale gas. The governments of the leading countries have been responding to the situation by shifting the focus of their policies ever more on energy security issues.
  • Likewise in energy business, based on such changes in the energy markets government policies, adaptations quickly responding to the new environment is essential in areas such as strategies, business models, organization, systems framework, human resources development in order to operate businesses in the emerging countries where tremendous growths are expected. Energy business of Japan, which is now at a great turning point, is also expected to make such shifts smoothly and actively.
  • Based on the recognition above, the purpose of this international symposium is to first discuss and analyse the changing international energy environment and the responding policies to share the awareness of the challenges ahead, and in the latter half of the symposium, by taking the “smart community projects” as an example of a new business model anticipated to develop in the future, discuss in detail on business strategies and organization we must pursue while extracting implications for future energy business.

Time Schedule

Opening remarks: Mr. Naoki Kuroda, Representative Director/Chairman, INPEX CORPORATION

Part-I: “The New Energy Era and the Responses on Policies”

Keynote Address I: “Energy policy of Japan viewed from international perspective”, Mr. William Martin, Former Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy
Lecture 1: “The Changes in the Global Energy Trends and their Implications on Businesses”, Dr. Tsutomu Toichi, Adviser, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
(PDF, 714KB)
Lecture 2: “The Trends in Comprehensive Energy Policies in China and Suggestions on International Cooperation towards a Low-Carbon Society”, Prof. Li Zhidong, Dept. of Management and Information System Science, Nagaoka University of Technology; Visiting Researcher, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, China
(PDF, 1.22MB)
Coffee Break

Part-II: “A New Development in Energy Business: the Current Status and Future Prospects of Smart Community Projects”

Keynote Address II: Mr. Kazuo Furukawa, Chairman of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
(PDF, 3.82MB)
Panel Discussion / Questions and Answers
Mr. Shinya Miyake, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Mr. Yoichi Hangai, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (PDF, 1.93MB)
Mr. Koji Ota, Mitsubishi Corporation (PDF, 73KB)
Mr. Go Iritani, JGC Corporation (PDF, 697KB)
Closing remarks: Prof. Takatoshi Ito, Dean of Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo

(MC) Prof. Hisashi Yoshikawa, Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy / Todai Policy Alternative Research Institute, the University of Tokyo