February 5, 2021
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On February 18 (Thursday), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organize a “Public Webinar: Free, Open Indo-Pacific and the Current Situation on Energy and Mineral Resources”.

In the wake of the recent international events including COVID-19 and the recent U.S. presidential election, the international trends surrounding energy and mineral resources have been evolving.

This webinar is expected to provide an opportunity to discuss the pathways for Japan to take, focusing on the relationship between “Free, Open Indo-Pacific” initiative and energy and mineral resources through a lively discussion by a wide range of participants, public audience and stakeholders including representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, energy-related international organizations and private companies, researchers and journalists.

Date and Time

February 18 (Thursday) 15:30-18:00


Online (With Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation) via ZOOM

Hosted by

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Supported by

KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation)

Provisional Agenda (Note)The programme is subjected to change.: Opening Remarks

Mr. WASHIO Eiichiro, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Mr. OBAYASHI Takeo, Co-Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, KEIDANREN/ Chairman and Representative Director, Obayashi Corporation

Session 1 “The U.S. Presidential Election and the U.S. Policy on Energy and Mineral Resources”

Panel Discussion
Panelists in alphabetical order:

Mr. HASEGAWA Minoru, General Manager, Electro & Functional Materials Dept., Chemicals Division, Sojitz Corporation

Mr. KAWAGUCHI Yukio, President, Metal Economics Research Institutes, Japan

Dr. SUGINO Ayako, Senior Researcher, Electric Power Group, Electric Power Industry & New and Renewable Energy Unit, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Session 2 “Energy Transitions in the Indo-Pacific Region -Mineral Resources and New Energy that Support Energy Transitions”

Presentation: Mr. Tim Gould, Head of Division for Energy Supply Outlooks and Investment, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Panel Discussion

Panelists in alphabetical order:
Mr. INOUE Masakuni, CEO, President, Itochu Mineral Resources Development Corporation
Mr. SUGITA Hiroki, Executive Director and Columnist of Kyodo News
Mr. TOYODA Masakazu, Chairman& CEO, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)

Participation Fee

Free of Charge


Please click hereOpen a New Window and fill out the application form.
You will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar beforehand.

(Note)Please note that the application will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis due to the limited number of web access.

(Note) The personal information will not be used for any purpose other than registration and getting feedback on this webinar, and will be discarded appropriately afterwards.

For any question concerning this webinar, please contact Resource Security Division, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
tel: +81-3-5501-8339 (Ms. Hyoe, Mr. Takahashi and Ms. Ishikura)

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