Japan and the Sustainable Development Goals

This online discussion series will focus on how contemporary global challenges are viewed within Japanese society and how Japan reacts to these challenges, both domestically and internationally. The series will utilize the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and each session will focus on a significant global challenge associated with one or more SDGs.

The sessions will feature talks by experts and will be moderated by an ICU professor. The series is primarily intended for ICU students, although ICU alumni and friends of JICUF will be invited to participate if space permits. These sessions will be conducted in English.

Registration is required to attend!

Recordings of past sessions are below.

  • Session 1 (10/28/20): Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

    Koh Miyaoi, Asia Pacific Gender Team Leader (United National Development Program)

    Mariko Saito, National Coordinator (WE EMPOWER Japan)

    ICU Faculty Moderator
    Natsumi Ikoma, Professor (Literature; Gender and Sexuality Studies)


    Session 2 (11/11/20): Global Poverty and Inequality

    Aya Abe, Professor of Social Policy (Tokyo Metropolitan University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

    Sarah Renner, Consultant (United Nations)

    ICU Faculty Moderator
    Herman Salton, Associate Professor (International Studies; Peace Studies)


    Session 3 (12/9/20): Climate Action

    Hinako Arao, Field Organizer (350 Japan)

    ICU Faculty Moderator
    Ryosuke Fujinuma, Associate Professor (Environmental Studies)


    Session 4 (1/21/21): Zero Hunger

    Gavin Whitelaw (Sociocultural Anthropologist, 
    Executive Director of Harvard University’s Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies)

    ICU Faculty Moderator
    Shaun Malarney, Professor (Anthropology)



    Session 5 (2/18/21): Quality Education for All

    Yukiko Matsuyoshi (Senior Donor Lead for Asia, Global Partnership for Education)

    Yoshiyuki Nagata (Professor, Dept. of Education, University of the Sacred Heart)

    ICU Faculty Moderator
    Mikiko Nishimura, Professor (Sociology of Education)


Session 3: Climate Action
Wednesday, December 9: 9:00AM ~ 10:30AM JST

Hinako Arao

Livia Hollins

Ryosuke Fujinuma

Field Organizer, 350 Japan
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Faculty Moderator

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