COP26 Preview: Japan’s Position & Expectations

Japan pavilion at COP26
  • DATE: Oct. 28 (Thursday)
  • TIME: 10:00 - 11:00 JST
  • PLACE: Online Webinar

In the run up to the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Japan NRG is hosting several webinars to look at the technologies and policies that could make a difference. Here are details of our second event.

COP26 Preview: Japan’s Position and Expectations
Date: Oct. 28 (Thursday) 
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 JST
Speakers: Andrew DeWit, Professor of Energy Policy,
School of Economic Policy Studies, Rikkyo University, Tokyo
Mayumi Watanabe, Senior Researcher, Japan NRG
Yuriy Humber, Founder, Japan NRG

At the end of this month, representatives of most countries will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26. The event officially runs between October 31 and November 12, under the presidency of the UK.

This event is billed as the stage on which countries from around the world prove their commitment to climate action. This translates as action to keep global temperatures from rising less than 2 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Japan — as the world’s No. 3 economy and No. 5 polluter — plays an important role in climate policies and is expected to be one of the key voices in Glasgow. However, with a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet, and a general election to be held on the same day that COP26 starts, how much will Japan’s government commit to the pro-climate agenda?

In the view of our speakers, Japan’s stance at COP26 may yet take us by surprise. In a world still suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic, skyrocketing energy prices, and inflation, Japan could offer some cautious optimism. 


  • Andrew DeWit is Professor in the School of Economic Policy Studies at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, and an Asia-Pacific Journal editor. His work examines the raw materials, technologies and politics that formulate energy policy, and how policies translate into real action. He is the author of “Japan’s (re)integration of energy in industrial policy,” in Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan, 2nd Edition, and “Energy,” in Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Japan.
  • Mayumi Watanabe joined Japan NRG in 2020 and writes on energy policies and regulations. She has deep experience of covering metals, mining and energy commodity markets, as well as competition issues in Japan’s energy, digital data and patents space. 
  • Yuriy Humber is the founder of the Japan NRG platform. He is also a columnist on energy issues for the Nikkei Asia and co-author of an economic research report on Japan by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ).

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