Symposium "Arctic and Japan: How Should Japan Address the Changing Arctic?"

Time Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Venue Meeting Room 1AB, 1st Floor, GRIPS *Venue has changed. (7-22-1,Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo ACCESS )
Sponsor Science for RE-designing Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (SciREX) Center, GRIPS
Language English and Japanese (Simultaneous translation available)
Fee Free (Preregistration required)


Sea covered with thick ice all year round, uninhabited extensive wilderness, fat polar bears catching seals--such a long-held image of the Arctic is no longer the case. Climate change in the Arctic not only has been affecting ecosystem and the livelihood of people there but also will have multiple effects, such as causing extreme climate, globally. In addition, the Arctic has been an issue of greatest concern even in non-Arctic nations because of the emerging economic opportunities resulted from decline of sea ice.
Based on the recognition that the rapid change of the Arctic should be addressed through concentrating the wisdom of mankind and Japan cannot remain indifferent to the changing Arctic, GRIPS-ScieREX Center holds this symposium with the participation of the Arctic experts of policy, natural science and humanities from home and abroad. It will cover recent movements regarding the Arctic in the world, collaboration between natural science and humanities, the way to make science inform policy etc. This symposium is aimed at increasing public awareness and understanding of the importance of the Arctic issues and contributing to deepening discussions on how Japan, a non-Arctic country, can contribute to address the changing Arctic.

Program (tentative)

Time Session
Opening Remarks
Prof. Tatsuo Oyama, Member of the Board of Trustees, Director of Public Policy Program (doctoral); Senior Professor, GRIPS
Guest Speaker's Address
Ms. Yoko Kamikawa (TBC), Minister of Justice; Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Arctic; Chief Secretary for the Parliamentary League of Arctic Frontier Study
Keynote Speeches
"The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Arctic and the Necessity of International Cooperation" (tentative)
Dr. Susan Barr, President, The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) Presentation Slides (1.4MB)

"The US Arctic Policy and the Role of Science for the Decision Making" (tentative)
Prof. Larry Hinzman, Interim Vice Chancellor of Research; Former Director of International Arctic Research Center (IARC), University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), Vice President, IASC Presentation Slides (1.6MB)

"Toward Japan's Further Cooperation on the Arctic Issues"
Prof. Atsushi Sunami, Executive Advisor to the President; Program Manager for SciREX Center; Professor, GRIPS

"Financing Change, Change Financing"
Mr. Takejiro Sueyoshi, Special Adviser, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Presentation Slides (377KB)

12:15-12:35 QA
Panel Discussion
Theme:"Linking Science and Policy for a Sustainable Arctic Development"

Dr. Susan Barr, President, IASC
Prof. Larry Hinzman, Interim Vice President, UAF
Mr. Marc Meloche, Senior Policy Analyst, The Canadian Polar Commission
Dr. Sandra Starkweather, Implementation Scientist, the International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA) Presentation Slides (945KB)
Mr. Takejiro Sueyoshi, Special Adviser, UNEP FI

Prof. Atsushi Sunami, Professor, GRIPS


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