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Welcome Message from the Governor of Tokyo (July 21, 2021)

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 KOIKE Yuriko

KOIKE Yuriko
Governor of Tokyo

Koike Yuriko became Tokyo's first female governor in 2016 and was re-elected to a second term in 2020. As governor, Ms Koike is proactively advancing numerous initiatives, including those focused on empowering women in society and eliminating child-care waitlists to create a work-friendly environment for women.
Ms Koike was elected to the House of Councillors in 1992 and to the House of Representatives in 1993, where she served for a total of eight terms. She held several cabinet posts, including Minister of the Environment and Minister of Defense. As Environment Minister, Ms Koike introduced the Cool Biz campaign to encourage workers to wear light and comfortable attire during the summer months. Before entering national politics, she worked as a newscaster covering economic issues. Ms Koike graduated from Cairo University, Egypt.

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TMC Tutorial (July 22, 2021)

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Ms. UMEDA Hiromi
Senior Director for International Public Relations, Office of the Governor for Policy Planning, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

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Tokyo - Unexpected Diversity (July 23, 2021)

Ross Rowbury first arrived in Japan in 1979. For four decades he has been living and working in Tokyo. Tokyo has changed and evolved in many amazing ways over those years. Yet, to Ross, the most striking change has been in the diversity of the population of Tokyo.
Forty years ago, there were relatively few non-Japanese, even in Tokyo. Elementary school children would delight in yelling out "hello" when seeing him on the streets. People would go around the block to take another look. Staff in shops would often shy away from approaching him.
Tokyo cannot yet be called a champion of cultural diversity, but much has changed in four decades. 206 nations and regions are competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward has residents from 124 countries. Ross will talk about some of the changes and challenges he has observed as the diversity of Tokyo has evolved.

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Diversity in Tokyo by Ross Rowbury | TMC Talks Vol.2 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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Mr. Ross Rowbury

Mr. Ross Rowbury
Principal, 3i Consulting

Ross Rowbury has been living and working in Japan for four decades. Originally starting his career in finance, he later moved into public relations holding executive positions at Gavin Anderson & Co (now Kreab,) PRAP Japan where he was Senior Managing Director and COO, and most recently as head of the Edelman operations in Japan.
Ross now works as an independent consultant, has a monthly interview series on sustainability with the Japan Times, is Visiting Professor of Asian Marketing at Kyoto's Doshisha University and a Board Member of suicide prevention NPO, TELL ( Tokyo English Life Line.) He is also studying to become a traditional Japanese storyteller, or "kataribe."

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Tokyo 2020 Games and Our Efforts (July 24, 2021)

On July 23, the Tokyo 2020 Games, which were postponed for one year, finally opened. What is Tokyo aiming to convey to the world through holding the Olympics, and what kind of legacies will the Games leave for future generations? Governor Koike will talk about the significance of the Games held during the COVID-19 pandemic and the various undertakings of Tokyo carried out through hosting the Olympic Games.

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Tokyo 2020 Games and Our Efforts | TMC Talks Vol.1 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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 KOIKE Yuriko

KOIKE Yuriko
Governor of Tokyo

Koike Yuriko became Tokyo's first female governor in 2016 and was re-elected to a second term in 2020. As governor, Ms Koike is proactively advancing numerous initiatives, including those focused on empowering women in society and eliminating child-care waitlists to create a work-friendly environment for women.
Ms Koike was elected to the House of Councillors in 1992 and to the House of Representatives in 1993, where she served for a total of eight terms. She held several cabinet posts, including Minister of the Environment and Minister of Defense. As Environment Minister, Ms Koike introduced the Cool Biz campaign to encourage workers to wear light and comfortable attire during the summer months.
Before entering national politics, she worked as a newscaster covering economic issues. Ms Koike graduated from Cairo University, Egypt.

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Global Political Cities - Actors and Arenas of Influence in International Affairs (July 25, 2021)

From the days of ancient Greece, and even before, cities have been seen as ideal organizing units for human society. Across most of human history, up through the tragic Thirty Years' War of the seventeenth century, they in fact filled that role. Now, after close to four hundred years of nation-state dominance and its mixed governance heritage, it is time to reconsider anew the role of cities, as both actor and arena for decision, in dealing with the distinctive challenges of the future.
Cities are rising again in two dimensions: as actor and as arena for influence. In the first dimension, civic leaders, recently including Michael Bloomberg, Boris Johnson, Koike Yuriko, Mauricio Macri, and Park Won-soon, have taken steps to set global agendas on such major issues as transportation, environment, and public safety. In the second dimension, global cities are the locus for research, brainstorming, and network building that is reshaping policy agendas for the future, owing to the rising influence of think tanks, NGOs, intercity cooperation, and, in some instances, academic research.
Environment, transportation, public health, and public security are all areas where the future role of cities as policy actors seems especially promising. The tragedies of the recent past remind us forcefully that public health could also pose a daunting challenge for the world's cities, even the most affluent of them. Pandemics could, as the case of COVID-19 has devastatingly shown us, be particularly dangerous, due to their explosive and unpredictable character--often emerging suddenly, from unknown causes, and replete with consequences for which society is unprepared. The way that pandemics like COVID-19 feed on proximity makes them especially dangerous for large global cities; contingency planning for the next wave of such pandemics is an urgent policy priority.

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Global Cities: Actors and Arenas of Influence in International Affairs : Dr. Kent E. Calder | TMC Talks Vol.12 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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Dr. Kent E. Calder

Dr. Kent E. Calder
Interim Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS

Kent E. Calder is Interim Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Calder, who also directs the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, previously served as the school's Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation from 2018 to 2020.
Prior to SAIS, Calder served as special advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), professor at Princeton University, lecturer on government at Harvard, and as the first executive director of Harvard University's Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Calder received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer.
A specialist in East Asian political economy, Calder lived and researched in Japan for eleven years and across East Asia for four years. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Calder's recent publications include: Global Political Cities: Actors and Arenas of Influence in International Affairs (2021); Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration (2019); Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan (2018); Singapore: Smart City, Smart State (2017); Asia in Washington (2014); and The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics (2012).

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1964 and 2020 - Olympic and Paralympic Games for Inclusion (July 26, 2021)

The 1964 Tokyo Olympics were a celebration of triumph as Japan recovered from the destruction and despair due to their defeat at the end of the second world war, only 19 years later. The public perception of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and 2020 Tokyo Olympics appear to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. What we will see and feel on Opening Day on July 23, 2021 may be very different from what we saw and felt on Opening Day on October 10, 1964. But there is one critical way these Games are the same.

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Mr. Roy Tomizawa

Mr. Roy Tomizawa
Sport Journalist

Roy Tomizawa celebrated his first birthday on the opening day of the 1964 Olympics. His father worked with the NBC News crew that broadcast those games to homes in the United States. As far back as he can remember, Roy has been a fan of the Olympics. A year after Tokyo was awarded Olympics and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 , Roy went searching for an English-language book that chronicled the 1964 Olympic, but couldn't find one. As a former print journalist, he decided to write that book. After four years of research and interviews of over 75 Olympians from the '64 Games, he published the book, "1964: The Greatest Year in the History of Japan - How the Tokyo Olympics Symbolized Japan's Miraculous Rise from the Ashes" in 2019. Roy is a leadership and talent development consultant from New York with over 30-years' experience in Asia, working for such companies as, Microsoft, DBS Bank, Morgan Stanley and Mercer Human Resource Consulting.

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The Changing Face of Tokyo : From Edo to Today, and into the Future (July 27, 2021)

Professor Kishii will use the topics below to comment on the future of Tokyo after the Tokyo 2020 Games together with looking at the Changing Face of Tokyo.
1. Tokyo's archetype (the metropolis of Edo)
2. The change to modern Tokyo from Edo
3. Reconstruction following the Great Kanto Earthquake
4. War period and postwar reconstruction
5. Rapid growth and expansion of the high economic growth period
6. The Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games and development of Tokyo's infrastructure
7. The Tokyo 2020 Games and beyond

Lastly, he will introduce a number of urban development projects he is currently working on (large-scale urban renewal in the OMY district, Nihonbashi, Roppongi, Shibuya, Shinjuku, and other areas and moving the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway underground; the transformed waterfront area, and more) and comment on the direction that Tokyo will be moving in from now on.

This content will be useful to those who wish to know about the world's eminent mega-city Tokyo and the background that formed the basis of the Transit Oriented Development concept, Tokyo's future prospects, and the future of Tokyo after the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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The Changing Face of Tokyo: From Edo to Today and into the Future by Kishii Takayuki | TMC Talks Vol.9 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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Dr. KISHII Takayuki

Dr. KISHII Takayuki
Project Professor of Nihon University / President of The Institute of Behavioral Sciences

City planning expert.
After working for the Ministry of Construction (now MLIT), he joined Nihon University in 1992, and assumed his current position there in 2018.
In 2017, he became President of the Institute of Behavioral Sciences.
He has served as President of the City Planning Institute of Japan, Chairman of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Cityscape Council, and Chairman of the Special Committee for Urban Development Research of the Tokyo Metropolitan City Planning Council, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Chiyoda City Planning Council.
He also serves as an advisor to urban development projects throughout Tokyo, including the Otemachi-Marunouchi-Yurakucho (OMY) district, Shibuya, and Shinagawa.
His many publications on Tokyo include "An Overview of Tokyo's Urban Development," published by Tokyo Toshizukuri-kosha in 2019, and "Tokyo 150 Projects, Urban Diversity Management," published by Shinkenchiku-sha in 2015.

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"Future Tokyo: Tokyo's Long-Term Strategy" and the Tokyo Bay eSG Project (July 28, 2021)

In March of this year, The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) announced the "Future Tokyo: Tokyo's Long-Term Strategy" to act as a compass through which TMG can take on major global challenges and create a sustainable city. The symbolic leading part of this effort is the "Tokyo Bay eSG Project". Focused on the Tokyo Bay area, Governor Koike will explain Tokyo's aims for the future.
Topics covered will include:
- "Future Tokyo: Tokyo's Long-Term Strategy"
- SHIBUSAWA Eiichi and GOTO Shinpei
- Sustainable society: traditions passed down from the Edo period
- Implementation of cutting-edge digital technology
- Creation of a new public transportation model

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"Future Tokyo: Tokyo's Long-Term Strategy" and the Tokyo Bay eSG Project | TMC Talks Vol.3 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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 KOIKE Yuriko

KOIKE Yuriko
Governor of Tokyo

Koike Yuriko became Tokyo's first female governor in 2016 and was re-elected to a second term in 2020. As governor, Ms Koike is proactively advancing numerous initiatives, including those focused on empowering women in society and eliminating child-care waitlists to create a work-friendly environment for women.
Ms Koike was elected to the House of Councillors in 1992 and to the House of Representatives in 1993, where she served for a total of eight terms. She held several cabinet posts, including Minister of the Environment and Minister of Defense. As Environment Minister, Ms Koike introduced the Cool Biz campaign to encourage workers to wear light and comfortable attire during the summer months.
Before entering national politics, she worked as a newscaster covering economic issues. Ms Koike graduated from Cairo University, Egypt.

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Rethink: Reinterpreting Traditional Japanese Culture to Create a New Future (July 29, 2021)

Tokyo boasts an invigorating cultural landscape born from the coexistence of traditional cultures alongside ever-changing innovation. However, no matter how charming a culture and tradition is, if it is not known and promoted domestically and throughout the world, it risks becoming obsolete.
In Tokyo, there are more than 3,000 traditional shops and businesses that have existed for over 100 years since the Edo Period. Here, a magnitude of priceless techniques, cultures, and traditions live and breathe.
As an artist, I strive to ascertain what does and doesn't need to change with the evolving times, following my belief that "new challenges taken on now will become the traditions of the future."
I believe that as one takes on challenges, new values will emerge. While innovative ideas may not be accepted at first, if those who take on such challenges disappear, we will cease moving forward as a society. While working to create a world where such ideas are recognized and accepted, I hope to continue as a forerunner, creating new traditions that will live for the next 100 years while conveying their charms to the world.

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Mr. Noritaka Tatehana

Mr. Noritaka Tatehana
Contemporary Artist

Born in 1985 in Tokyo, Tatehana first created "heel-less shoes" inspired by the tall wooden geta sandals worn by oiran (high-ranking courtesans) during the Edo Period for his graduation project at the Tokyo University of the Arts. This endeavor caught the eye of American pop artist Lady Gaga.
Tatehana's "Rethink" exhibition showcased a series of works created with the concept of redesigning and modernizing Japanese traditional culture and art and received great acclaim overseas. He has continuously endeavored to create works that express the modern age by giving contemporary meaning to traditional objects like oiran, puppet theater, swords, and Japanese views of life and death. Many of these works have been collected by museums including the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Tatehana also serves as a member of the Promotional Committee for the Edo Tokyo Kirari Project.

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Old meets New (July 31, 2021)

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Dr. Robert Campbell

Dr. Robert Campbell
University Professor, Waseda University

Robert Campbell, Ph.D., is a scholar of Japanese Literature and University Professor, Waseda University.
Born in New York City, he studied in the Department of Economics and Oriental Languages, University of California, Berkeley(B,A. 1981), and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Harvard University(M,A. 1984; Ph.D. 1982). Campbell moved to Japan to study Edo Literature as a research student in the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, Kyushu University, Fukuoka City(1985), Joining that department as assistant professor(1987). He then moved on to the National Institute of Japanese Literature, Tokyo(associate professor, 1995), and relocated to the University of Tokyo in 2000, where he taught as professor from 2007 until 2017. Campbell was Director-General of the National Institute of Japanese Literature from 2017 until March, 2021.

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Research for the Future of Humanity (August 1, 2021)

Research opens up the future. And so this future first exists in the imaginations of researchers. Founded in 1988, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (Sony CSL)'s goal is to contribute to create a better future by supporting researchers with extraordinary imaginations. At Sony CSL, we declare that we conduct "research for the future of humanity." I would like to talk about such a future of research and introduce some of the current activities at Sony CSL, as well as Sony AI, a new company founded last April to advance fundamental research and development of AI (artificial intelligence).

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Research for the Future of Humanity: Dr. Kitano Hiroaki | TMC Talks Vol.15 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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Dr. Hiroaki Kitano

Dr. Hiroaki Kitano
President & CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.
Executive Vice President of Sony Corporation
CEO, Sony AI, Inc.

KITANO is President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., Executive Vice President of Sony Corporation, CEO of Sony AI, President of The Systems Biology Institute, and Professor at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. He is also a Founding President of the RoboCup Federation, President of International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) (2009-2011), and Member of the AI & Robotics Council (2016-2018), and Quantum Computing Council (2019-2020) of The World Economic Forum.

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Sustainable Transformation in Tokyo (August 2, 2021)

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Sustainable Transformation in Tokyo | TMC Talks Vol.4 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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 MIYASAKA Manabu

MIYASAKA Manabu
Vice Governor of Tokyo

Miyasaka Manabu is advancing various digital transformation measures to realize the Tokyo version of Society 5.0, "Smart Tokyo," where Tokyo's potentials are drawn out by the power of digitalization so that Tokyo citizens can lead high quality lives.
Vice Governor Miyasaka gained expertise in business management at Yahoo Japan Corporation where he worked for over 20 years, even serving as its chairman. After leaving Yahoo Japan, he took the position of Counselor at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in July 2019, where he formulated the "Tokyo Data Highway Basic Strategy" with the goal of building the world's fastest mobile internet network. He was appointed vice governor in September 2019 as the first person to assume this position from the private sector in 12 years. Since then, he has been working even more vigorously to advance projects for the city. Vice Governor Miyasaka is also in charge of measures related to the realization of "Global Financial City: Tokyo," where Tokyo is the financial center of Asia and the world. He is working on initiatives such as attracting financial companies and talent from around the world, fostering the asset management and fintech industries, and examining strategies to boost the green finance sector.

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Tokyo as a Leader of Team Japan (August 3, 2021)

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Tokyo as a Leader of Team Japan : Hoshino Yoshiharu | TMC Talks Vol.10 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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Mr. Yoshiharu Hoshino

Mr. Yoshiharu Hoshino
CEO, Hoshino Resorts Inc.

Yoshiharu Hoshino was born in 1960, in Karuizawa, Nagano, the fourth generation in a family ryokan (Japanese Inn) business. After graduating from Cornell University with a master's degree on hotel management, he became the CEO of Hoshino Resorts Inc. in 1991.
Under his leadership, the company has grown to operating 46 properties in and outside of Japan with a total of five brands, HOSHINOYA, KAI (a brand of upscale boutique hot spring ryokan), RISONARE (a premier active family resort brand), OMO (a warm and casual hotel for city-tourism) and BEB (a carefree hotel brand for millennials). In 2013, Yoshiharu Hoshino established Hoshino Resorts REIT, Inc., listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the first REIT in Japan to specialize in the tourism industry.

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Zero Emission Tokyo: The Importance of Action by Cities (August 4, 2021)

As the climate crisis worsens, the world is moving with greater urgency toward a decarbonized and sustainable society. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, realizing its responsibility as the world's largest city, also needs to accelerate action to confront the climate crisis from the perspective of a "sustainable recovery", which includes a sustainability-focused recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Koike will explain the Metropolitan Government's efforts regarding this.

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Zero Emission Tokyo: The Importance of Action by Cities | TMC Talks Vol.5 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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 KOIKE Yuriko

KOIKE Yuriko
Governor of Tokyo

Koike Yuriko became Tokyo's first female governor in 2016 and was re-elected to a second term in 2020. As governor, Ms Koike is proactively advancing numerous initiatives, including those focused on empowering women in society and eliminating child-care waitlists to create a work-friendly environment for women.
Ms Koike was elected to the House of Councillors in 1992 and to the House of Representatives in 1993, where she served for a total of eight terms. She held several cabinet posts, including Minister of the Environment and Minister of Defense. As Environment Minister, Ms Koike introduced the Cool Biz campaign to encourage workers to wear light and comfortable attire during the summer months.
Before entering national politics, she worked as a newscaster covering economic issues. Ms Koike graduated from Cairo University, Egypt.

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Revision for the "Global Financial City: Tokyo" Vision -Realize Sustainable Recovery to Become a Global Financial City Leading the World - (August 5, 2021)

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Revision for the "Global Financial City: Tokyo" Vision : Nakaso Hiroshi | TMC Talks Vol.11 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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Mr. Hiroshi Nakaso

Mr. Hiroshi Nakaso
Chairman The Organization of Global Financial City Tokyo

Hiroshi Nakaso was appointed chairman of a new organization to promote Tokyo as a global financial center. The new organization is known by its abbreviated name, "FinCity Tokyo". He was appointed chairman of the Daiwa Institute of Research (DIR) in July 2018 after completing his term as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan. He served as the Deputy Governor of the BOJ since March 2013. In his 39 years at the Bank, his main responsibilities have been crisis management of financial systems and markets focusing on global systems. He dealt with the homegrown financial crisis of the 1990s. He headed the exit operation from the Quantitative Easing Policy, a prototypical unconventional policy that lasted from 2001 to 2006. In addition, he played an instrumental role in addressing the Global Financial Crisis together with his peers at major central banks including the FRB.

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Tokyo2020 and Beyond (August 8, 2021)

Ms. IMOTO Naoko will discuss her perspectives on the purpose of the fragile Games, for the Japanese citizens as well as from the views of athletes from developing countries including Refugee Olympians.

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Tokyo 2020 and Beyond - IMOTO Naoko | TMC Talks Vol.7 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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Ms. IMOTO Naoko

Ms. IMOTO Naoko
Olympian

A former Olympic swimmer (Atlanta 1996), a Tokyo 2020 Gender Advisor and a UNICEF Education Specialist who worked around the world for children's education.

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TMC Tutorial II (August 23, 2021)

The Tokyo Media Center (TMC) is a media coverage base for domestic and international media during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 set up by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government . TMC provides information related to the host city Tokyo as well as the Tokyo 2020 Games. It is totally separate from the Main Press Centre (MPC) and International Broadcast Centre (IBC), which are operated by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. In this session, we will discuss the services provided by TMC.

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Ms. UMEDA Hiromi
Senior Director for International Public Relations, Office of the Governor for Policy Planning, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

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TMU Premium College: Enriching senior life through lifetime learning (August 24, 2021)

The Japanese population is rapidly aging compared to the rest of the world. Measures for the graying population are included in SDGs that are a worldwide effort, and relevant organizations including governments, companies, and universities must tackle this together. It will be of the utmost importance that seniors are positively involved in community activities, beyond the traditional concept of the elderly, in order for Tokyo to lead Japan's expansion. With this reason, in April 2019 Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU) created an original program "TMU Premium College," aimed at people aged 50 and over to provide a place of fresh learning and interaction for up to four years. With the theme "learn in the field of the capital, Tokyo," the students can choose from more than 40 lectures covering a wide range of subjects. After completing the program, we hope that the seniors who have advanced their studies will contribute to solving problems and community activities in their cities. As the only comprehensive university established by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, TMU aims to be a "university creating new wisdom" that solves global challenges by advancing world-class research and cultivating and producing human resources who can play an active role in the world. At the same time, so that seniors can shine as members forging the future of Tokyo, TMU will continue to contribute to society and the community.

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TMU Premium College: Enriching senior life through lifetime learning: Dr. OHASHI Takaya | TMC Talks Vol.14 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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Dr. Takaya Ohashi

Dr. Takaya Ohashi
President, Tokyo Metropolitan University

President of Tokyo Metropolitan University. Completed a doctoral course at the Department of Physics, the University of Tokyo in 1981 (Doctor of Science), then served as a researcher at the University of Leicester (UK) for about 2 years, followed by an assistant professorship at the University of Tokyo. In 1992, he became an Associate Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University, and then a Professor in 1998. He acted as vice president of internationalization at the University for two years from 2017; a specially appointed professor from 2019; and the president of Tokyo Metropolitan University from April 2021. He specializes in astrophysics and X-ray astronomy. He served as a director of the Astronomical Society of Japan and as a director of the Physical Society of Japan. In 1981, he won the Asahi Prize as a member of the "Hakucho" satellite team.

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and Our Efforts (August 25, 2021)

On August 24, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will finally begin. As the first city to host the Summer Games twice, what kind of future is envisioned, and what legacies can be passed on to future generations? Governor Koike, who has demonstrated her passion for the Paralympics, will talk about the significance of the Games and the various undertakings of Tokyo carried out through hosting the Paralympic Games.

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and Our Efforts | TMC Talks Vol.8 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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 KOIKE Yuriko

KOIKE Yuriko
Governor of Tokyo

Koike Yuriko became Tokyo's first female governor in 2016 and was re-elected to a second term in 2020. As governor, Ms Koike is proactively advancing numerous initiatives, including those focused on empowering women in society and eliminating child-care waitlists to create a work-friendly environment for women.
Ms Koike was elected to the House of Councillors in 1992 and to the House of Representatives in 1993, where she served for a total of eight terms. She held several cabinet posts, including Minister of the Environment and Minister of Defense. As Environment Minister, Ms Koike introduced the Cool Biz campaign to encourage workers to wear light and comfortable attire during the summer months.
Before entering national politics, she worked as a newscaster covering economic issues. Ms Koike graduated from Cairo University, Egypt.

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Athletes in the "zone:" Enjoying the Paralympics as high level competition (August 26, 2021)

The Paralympic Games have finally begun. Paralympians are people with impairments, but at the same time, they are also the ones that make unique abilities stand out. For example, blind football athletes play deftly by excelling in their ability to grasp space instead of relying on their eyes. Athletes with prosthetic legs operate both the right- and left-sides of the brain to control the side with the prosthetic leg, when normally only one side of the brain is used per leg. It can be said that Paralympians are the ones who show us humanity's potential.
I would like to talk about the "potential of the Paralympics," so that you can enjoy the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games purely as "the world's highest level of competition." I also hope you will think about the values that we as human begins should cherish.

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Mr. Dai Tamesue

Mr. Dai Tamesue
Olympian
CEO, Deportare Partners

Born in 1978 in Hiroshima, Dai is the first Japanese medalist in a world competition for a sprint event. He also participated in three Olympics and holds the Japanese record for men's 400m hurdles (as of August 2021). Dai currently serves as CEO of Deportare Partners. Goodwill ambassador of United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). He is also the Director of Shin-toyosu Brillia Running Stadium, and the author of "Winning Alone" "The Philosophy of Running" "The Strength to Give Up," among other titles.

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The reality of Japan as experienced by Gen Z (August 28, 2021)

Living in the super eco-conscious UK was my trigger to begin thinking deeply about environmental, gender, and social issues.
Despite the overwhelming voices appealing the importance of sustainability, many young people are optimistic and think it's a topic for the distant future, so after I returned to Japan, I asked myself how I could spark the same interest in my generation living in Japan. Moreover, I wondered why I hadn't thought about this until now... Does the responsibility lie with the educational system? The government? Or perhaps corporations? Nothing will progress if we are only looking to place blame. With that in mind, what can we do now? What should we do? I think we should develop the huge power and potential that each one of us holds.
I will lay out real queries on Japanese society that I feel as a Gen Z model who lives life under the slogan, "more comfortably, a little selfishly, and happily." I hope that through this talk, participants will broaden their horizons a bit and their lives progress in an even better direction.

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Ms. Mila Hasegawa

Ms. Mila Hasegawa
Model

African member of Gen Z.
She was a cast member of the 2017 Netflix reality TV show Terrace House: Aloha State. That same year, she launched a gender-inclusive fashion brand before enrolling in Central Saint Martins, an art school in London, UK. She has not only done modelling or TV appearances, but also as an opinion leader of a new generation, she expresses herself speaking freely on her own beliefs, fashion brand, and social issues.
Hasegawa is the representative of MiMoTokyo, an online community that mixes fashion and social issues, and hosts Start Line, a weekly (Fridays from 4:30 p.m.) radio program on J-WAVE.

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Women's Leadership and Empowerment: Challenges from Japan's Ranking as 120th in the World (August 29, 2021)

In recent years, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which include Gender Equality, Diversity and Human Rights have become major criterion to determine who companies or customers do business with. In finance and investing, the world does not rely on only financial statement but also the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) aspects for making investment decisions. In Japan More and more people and companies are paying attention to the importance of ESG too.
Although it is acknowledged that women's empowerment are directly connected to social and economic vitality in Japan, which has an aging society with low birth rates, Japan was again ranked lowest among G7 nations in the World Economic Forum's yearly Global Gender Gap Report for 2021, and ranked 120th out of 156 countries.
Governor KOIKE Yuriko, Tokyo's first female governor who has also implemented various gender-related policies within the metropolitan administration; MURAKAMI Yumiko, former Head of OECD Tokyo Centre who has spent many years working on Japanese and global gender challenges from the position of an international organization and financial analyst; and Kathy Matsui, former Vice Chair of Goldman Sachs Japan, will discuss realizing a gender equal society. In 2021, Muraami, Matsui has launched a $150 million venture capital fund that focuses on ESG values to support Japanese start-ups aiming for the global market.

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Women's Leadership and Empowerment: Challenges from Japan's Ranking as 120th in the World | TMC Talks Vol.6 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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 KOIKE Yuriko

KOIKE Yuriko
Governor of Tokyo

Koike Yuriko became Tokyo's first female governor in 2016 and was re-elected to a second term in 2020. As governor, Ms Koike is proactively advancing numerous initiatives, including those focused on empowering women in society and eliminating child-care waitlists to create a work-friendly environment for women.
Ms Koike was elected to the House of Councillors in 1992 and to the House of Representatives in 1993, where she served for a total of eight terms. She held several cabinet posts, including minister of the environment and minister of defence. As environment minister, Ms Koike introduced the Cool Biz campaign to encourage workers to wear light and comfortable attire during the summer months.
Before entering national politics, she worked as a newscaster covering economic issues. Ms Koike graduated from Cairo University, Egypt.

Ms. Kathy Matsui

Ms. Kathy Matsui
General Partner, MPower Partners

Kathy is the former Vice Chair of Goldman Sachs Japan and Chief Japan Equity Strategist. Her groundbreaking ʻWomenomicsʼ research spurred the Japanese government to promote gender diversity, and she has advised corporations on governance and diversity best practices. She has an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an AB from Harvard.

Ms. MURAKAMI Yumiko

Ms. MURAKAMI Yumiko
General Partner, MPower Partners

Yumiko is the former head of the OECD Tokyo Centre, and she also spent 20 years working for Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. She is a leading authority on corporate governance, tax guidelines, gender diversity, education, trade and innovation issues. Yumiko has an MBA from Harvard Business School, MA from Stanford University and BA from Sophia University.

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Accessible Tokyo (August 30, 2021)

According to the World Health Organization, 15% of the world's population (around 1.1 billion people) have some form of disability, but they are often forgotten by the travel industry. The accessible tourism industry is not a niche industry, but an under developed industry with great potential. For example, the accessible tourism industry in the UK is over £12 billion per year.The presentation will discuss the potential and challenges of accessible travel in Japan.

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Mr. Josh Grisdale

Mr. Josh Grisdale
Founder, Accessible Japan

Josh Grisdale was born in Canada and has used a wheelchair since a young age due to Cerebral Palsy. After taking a Japanese class in high school, he decided he wanted to visit Japan and came several times before moving here permanently in 2007. He became a Japanese citizen in 2016. While working at a company in Tokyo that operates nursing homes and kindergartens, he also runs Accessible Japan - a website for tourists with disabilities planning to visit Japan. He is actively involved with local and national accessibility committees and public speaking.

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The future of esports and Tokyo (August 31, 2021)

The year 2018 was the birth year of the esports movement in Japan. Once thought of as one of Akihabara's subcultures, esports was now on everyone's radar. In 2019, "Tokyo eSports Festa" was hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Kakehi will speak extensively about a vision of esports, which is overwhelmingly popular among Gen Z, becoming popularized in Tokyo.

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Mr. KAKEHI Seiichiro

Mr. KAKEHI Seiichiro
Chairman, Tokyo esports UNION

Joined the advertising agency Dentsu in 1983. After becoming aware of esports in 2006, he started giving lectures on its potential at companies, universities, and municipalities throughout Japan. In 2010, he left Dentsu to provide business consultation on esports. His published works include "Esupootsu chiho sosei (Esports regional revitalization)."

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Transdisciplinary Approaches toward Flood Resilient Tokyo (September 1, 2021)

Strengthening resiliency to flood disasters is a common urgent issue among many megacities located in delta areas. The Tokyo Metropolitan Area, with a 14 million population, is one such city, lying in the floodplain in the lower reach of the Ara and Tama rivers with some lowland areas at sea level. In the meantime, recent observation records show an increasing trend in the frequency of torrential rainfall and the amount of daily rainfall, due very likely to climate change.
In these circumstances, various flood protection measures have been in place to protect the critical functions of Tokyo as the nation's capital, though few people notice them. In this talk, she will explain flood risk and the multiple-defense system presently at work with an example of how the system protected the Tokyo area during the typhoon disaster in 2019.
She also presents transdisciplinary approaches employed to effectively protect the capital from largest-scale flood disasters, which involve multi-stakeholders, including local governments and related organizations. The Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 caused enormous damage to northern Japan and made us realize the importance of preparing for disasters beyond our imagination. Since this disaster, as an effort to "eliminate the unexpected," Japan has been taking disaster measures assuming largest-scale disasters imaginable that exceed the planned scale for infrastructure design. If a flood of the largest scale occurs in a lowland area at sea level in Tokyo, inundation will quickly spread over a wide area, and a large number of residents will be forced to evacuate beyond municipal borders. She will explain how the transdisciplinary approaches work to avoid such a situation.

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Dr. Miho Ohara

Dr. Miho Ohara
Senior Researcher, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Public Works Research Institute, Japan
Adjunct Professor, Disaster Management Policy Program, National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Her research topics are disaster risk assessment and management. After receiving a Ph.D degree in Engineering from the University of Tokyo, she worked as an Associate Professor of the Institute of Industrial Science and the Center for Integrated Disaster Information Research in the University of Tokyo. She has worked in International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) under the auspices of UNESCO and National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan since 2014. She has contributed to disaster risk assessment in local areas in Japan and developing countries, and to capacity development of governmental officers through the disaster management policy program of GRIPS. She is a member of the Central Disaster Management Council of Japan, Committee of the national government's business continuity, Committee of the national training program for disaster management specialists, Disaster management science and technology committee of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and a cooperating member of Science Council of Japan.

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Toward realizing a more accessible and free international city, Tokyo: My wishes and hopes (September 2, 2021)

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Dr. Mohamed Omer Abdin

Dr. Mohamed Omer Abdin
CSR Group, Corporate Development Division, Santen Pharmaceutical, Co., Ltd.
Executive Director, Committee for Assisting and Promoting Education for Disabled in Sudan (CAPEDS), Non-profit Organization
Visiting Researcher, The Center for Sustainable

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Diversity and inclusion from an LGBTQ perspective
--The current situation, issues and the future of Tokyo-- (September 3, 2021)

I will speak about my own experiences, institutional issues, and the future as a transgender person born and raised in Tokyo and as a social activist.

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 Fumino Sugiyama

Fumino Sugiyama
Co-chair of Tokyo Rainbow Pride
Member of the Executive Board of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC)
Member of the Shibuya City Committee for the Promotion of Gender Equality and a Diverse Society

Born in Shinjuku, Tokyo in 1981, Sugiyama is a former member of the Japanese women's national fencing team and a transgender activist. He received a Master's degree in gender studies from Waseda University and published an autobiography, "Double Happiness" (Kodansha), in 2006. After graduation, he spent two years backpacking and traveling through 50 countries including Antarctica. Upon returning to Japan, he worked in the corporate world for three years before going independent where he now manages restaurants and gives lectures to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues. He was also involved in the enactment of Japan's first same-sex partnership ordinance in Shibuya, and is a member of the Shibuya City Committee for the Promotion of Gender Equality and a Diverse Society, as well as the co-chair of Tokyo Rainbow Pride, an NPO that runs one of Asia's largest Pride events.
Currently, he is an Executive Board member of the JOC, a director of the Japan Fencing Federation, and father of two.

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Omotenashi Japan and Legacy (September 4, 2021)

It is unfortunate that you cannot enjoy sightseeing in Tokyo or Japan due to the pandemic. My friends enjoyed Edo (Tokyo) when I took them around the more traditional sections of the city during their visits to Japan. The area around the Olympic Stadium, the main stadium with many ties to present-day Tokyo from Edo, is a Tokyo asset from the Edo period.
Since you are unable to walk around the city, it is difficult for you to communicate with Japanese people. While many Japanese people cannot speak English fluently and may be shy and unable to communicate well, I am sure they welcome you and wish to speak with you.
I hope that the Tokyo 2020 Games and the wishes of the people of Japan will be etched into history as a legacy.

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Omotenashi Japan and Legacy: Mari Christine | TMC Talks Vol.13 (TOKYO UPDATES)

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Ms. Mari Christine

Ms. Mari Christine
Intercultural Communicator

Christine lived in Japan until the age of four when her father's job took her overseas to Germany, the US, Iran, Thailand and other countries. She returned to Japan in 1970 and graduated from Sophia University with a degree in comparative cultural studies. While in university she began appearing on TV. Christine acted as an MC for international conferences, orchestra concerts, and others due to mastery of several languages. She has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, holds lectures, and works as a cultural mediator.

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Farewell Message from the Governor of Tokyo (September 5, 2021)

The Paralympic Games will end on September 5. Upon the closing of the Tokyo 2020 Games which started from the late July, Governor Koike will deliver her farewell message to members of the global media.

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 KOIKE Yuriko

KOIKE Yuriko
Governor of Tokyo

Koike Yuriko became Tokyo's first female governor in 2016 and was re-elected to a second term in 2020. As governor, Ms Koike is proactively advancing numerous initiatives, including those focused on empowering women in society and eliminating child-care waitlists to create a work-friendly environment for women.
Ms Koike was elected to the House of Councillors in 1992 and to the House of Representatives in 1993, where she served for a total of eight terms. She held several cabinet posts, including Minister of the Environment and Minister of Defense. As Environment Minister, Ms Koike introduced the Cool Biz campaign to encourage workers to wear light and comfortable attire during the summer months. Before entering national politics, she worked as a newscaster covering economic issues. Ms Koike graduated from Cairo University, Egypt.