Please join us for a virtual “Bilateral Boardroom” on U.S.-Japan leadership in addressing the climate crisis. This webinar will feature a one-hour fireside chat between U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, and Japan’s Minister of the Environment, KOIZUMI Shinjiro.
The U.S.-Japan Council is an educational nonprofit with a significant, decade-long track record of positive impact in the U.S.-Japan relationship. By providing platforms for dialogue and collaboration between governments, academia, the private sector and other key stakeholders in both countries, the Council seeks to help advance long-lasting solutions to critical issues, including climate change, energy and environmental sustainability.
Bilateral Boardroom: U.S.-Japan Leadership in Addressing the Climate Crisis
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
On January 20, 2021, John F. Kerry was sworn in as our nation’s first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and the first-ever Principal to sit on the National Security Council entirely dedicated to climate change. President Biden announced Kerry would have a seat at every table around the world as he combats the climate crisis to meet the existential threat that we face. In recent years, Kerry was the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s first ever Visiting Distinguished Statesman, following his four years as the 68th United States Secretary of State. As America’s top diplomat, he guided the Department’s strategy on nuclear nonproliferation, combating radical extremism, and the threat of climate change. His tenure was marked by the successful negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Agreement.
From 1985 to 2013, he served as a U.S. Senator representing Massachusetts, and was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 to 2013. Secretary Kerry served in the U.S. Navy, completing two combat tours of duty in Vietnam for which he received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Combat V, and three Purple Hearts. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Boston College Law School. Secretary Kerry is the best-selling author of A Call to Service, This Moment on Earth with his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, and his 2018 memoir, Every Day Is Extra, which The New York Times described as “a bittersweet reminder of what the country once demanded of its leaders.” Secretary Kerry was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2004.
Minister of the Environment Overseeing Climate Change, Minister of State for Nuclear Emergency Preparedness, and Member of the House of Representatives
Shinjiro Koizumi is Japan’s Minister of the Environment Overseeing Climate Change, Minister of State for Nuclear Emergency Preparedness, and Member of the House of Representatives (4th term).
Minister Koizumi was born in 1981 in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture. After graduating from the Kanto Gakuin University College of Economics with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he received a Master of Arts in political science from Columbia University in 2006. He worked as a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in the United States and, after serving as Secretary to Junichiro Koizumi, Member of the House of Representatives, he was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives for the first time in August 2009 and is currently in his 4th term.
In 2011 he became Director of the Youth Division of the LDP. In 2013 he was appointed as the Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Cabinet Office and as the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Reconstruction, and did his utmost to help Japan recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake. In 2015 he worked on agricultural policy reform as Director of the Agriculture and Forestry Division of the LDP. In October 2018 as Director of the Health, Labor and Welfare Division of the LDP he worked on the realization of a new social security system for the era of 100-year lifespans. In September 2019, he was appointed as the Minister of the Environment and as the Minister of State for Nuclear Emergency Preparedness. In March 2021 he took on the additional role of the Minister Overseeing Climate Change.