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ESG Talk

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

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”...

NTT Communications tech cuts load on environment

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

The spread of the new coronavirus created an opportunity to accelerate digital transformation and rethink workplaces and work styles. The...

Rivals become partners tackling environmental issues

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

Kao, a major Japanese maker of home products and cosmetics, announced its medium-term business plan at the end of 2020....

Climate policy and SDGs inseparable: expert Takeuchi

Tomoko Kaichi
Contributing writer

Japan has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality, which obliges the country to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero,...

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