ESG Talk

The Japan Times publisher Minako Suematsu interviews business leaders who are active proponents of ESG investing and practices in Japan.

ESG is a ‘mega-trend’ we can’t put off: fund manager

Hiroko Nakata
Contributing writer

Climate change is an issue that urgently needs to be addressed, even though many countries are facing challenges to their...

Shifts in consumer spending can drive ESG investing

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

Keiko Honda, who served as CEO and executive vice president of the World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency for...

J. Front Retailing seeks both social and economic value

TOMOKO KAICHI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

J. Front Retailing Co. launched a medium-term business plan in fiscal 2021, through February 2022, aiming to revive its business...

Nippon Life exec urges shift to stakeholder capitalism

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

Efforts to promote ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing, which were led by Europe, have been rapidly spreading across the...

Japan’s regions offer models for world sustainability

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

For the goal of making Japan carbon neutral by 2050, the Ministry of the Environment is supporting regional efforts through...

Dai-ichi Life Insurance supports corporate ESG activity

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

The Dai-ichi Life Insurance group this year marked the 120th anniversary of its foundation. The group began as Dai-ichi Mutual...

SDG Impact Japan seeks profit plus social solutions

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

A company that handles investment and consulting focused exclusively on sustainable finance — a rarity in Asia — has been...

Startup Euglena has global goals for its microalgae

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing Writer

Euglena Co., established in 2005, is the world’s first company to succeed in growing large amounts of the microalgae euglena...

Rohto invests in the health of individuals and society

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., which was founded 122 years ago and holds the largest share in the Japanese market of over-the-counter...

CLOMA group aims to eliminate marine plastic waste

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

The Japan Clean Ocean Material Alliance, also known as CLOMA, an industry group promoting efforts to reduce marine plastic waste,...

LDP seeks Japanese voice in formulating ESG rules

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

The Treasury and Finance Division of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party has made recommendations to promote investment and loans that...

For NRI Group, ESG awareness starts with whole staff

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

In 2019, Nomura Research Institute Ltd. formulated a medium-term business plan through fiscal 2022, pledging to promote “sustainability management policy”...

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