Future Earth National Committee for Japan launched in Tokyo

The Future Earth National Committee for Japan launched in Tokyo on 15 September at its inaugural general assembly organised by the Science Council of Japan (SCJ). Members of the Future Earth Japan Consortium, which supports Future Earth’s Global Hub in Tokyo, attended the general assembly. There, they resolved to reorganise the consortium, forming the Japan National Committee.

The committee will work to tackle global challenges and enhance Future Earth’s efforts to foster a sustainable future in Japan and abroad. To achieve this goal, the committee, in collaboration with SCJ, aims to:

Fumiko Kasuga, director of Future Earth's Global Hub in Tokyo, speaks during the first general assembly of the Japan National Committee. Photo: Hideyuki Mohri

  • promote transdisciplinary approaches to research by engaging a wide range of societal partners;
  • collaborate with societal partners in their efforts to realise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; and
  • enhance Japan's international contribution to sustainability by assisting the efforts of the Tokyo Global Hub and the Asia Regional Centre for Future Earth.

The Future Earth Japan National Committee includes a diverse range of members from outside academia, including policy-makers and representatives from industry and civil society. It will support networking among societal partners in Japan so that they can further implement transdisciplinary approaches to research.

The committee is the sixth national network for Future Earth in Asia and the Pacific. It will work with members of the Future Earth community across the region to accelerate transformations to a sustainable and equitable world.