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Green Innovation Forum in Tokyo

October 12, 2010


  The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) held the Green Innovation Forum in Tokyo on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.  The Forum was started with opening remakrs by Mr. Murata, Chairman of NEDO, regarding NEDO's global development strategies, followed by the remarks on the expectations for international development of green innovation by Mr. Tajima, Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.  The morning program included keynote speech by Mr. B.K. Chaturvedi, Member (Energy), Planning Commission Government of India, Dr. Arden L. Bement Jr., Director, Global Policy Reserach Institute, Purdue University, U.S. former Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Mr. Philippe Van de Maele, President, Agence de l'Environnement de la Maitrise de l'Energie (ADEME), France. The representatives from those three countries introduced their respective efforts for green innovation. After the keynote speech, a signing ceremony was held between NEDO and ADEME and a letter of intent for cooperative activities between these organizatoins was concluded.

  The afternoon program included 3-part panel discussion sessions. For the 1st session regarding international collaboration, representitives from the Czech Republic, Thailand, India and People's Republic of China were invited as panelists and the possibility for international collaboration for the ideal society in the future was discussed.

Speakers: Green Innovation Forum in Tokyo
Opening remarks:
Mr. Kaname Tajima
Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Keynote speech:
Mr. B.K. Chaturvedi

Speakers: Green Innovation Forum in Tokyo
Keynote speech:
Dr. Arden L. Bement Jr.
Keynote speech:
Mr. Philippe Van de Maele

  During the session part 2, personnel from leading companies in Japan's energy and environmental technology fields were invited as panelists to discuss Japan's regeneration with green innovation including the efforts and challenges in the industrial sector regarding energy and environmental strategies. Cooperation among industry, academia and government was discussed by the representatives from Japan's industry and academia at the session part 3, addressing their roles and challenging issues in the future national project implementation.
  The Forum was visited by as many as 1,000 people from companies and universities, indicating high expectations for NEDO in its activities and efforts.
  Mr. Akihiro Ohata, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry attended the reception and provided his remarks on the importance of global application of Japan's advanced technologies as well as the significance of green innovation and energy related technology development, promising the further commitment by the Ministry of Economy and Trade and Industry (METI) in those aspects.
  As it commemorates its 30th anniversary, NEDO is determined to redouble its efforts in the promoiton of global activities to realize green innovation in order to resolve energy and environmental problems and further bolster Japan's industrial competitiveness.

Speakers: Green Innovation Forum in Tokyo
Panel discussion Greeting at the reception:
Mr. Akihiro Ohata
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry