ISEAS-RIETI Joint Webinar

Climate Action by Japan and Implications for Southeast Asia


Following the announcement of its 2050 net zero target last year, Japan has strengthened its commitment to climate cooperation, including working with Southeast Asian countries to expand regional energy policy and trading, renewable energy and Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). As part of its Asia Energy Transition Initiative, Japan pledged US$10 billion in public and private financial support for energy transition efforts in ASEAN such as renewable energy deployment and the conversion of coal-fired power plants to gas-fired plants. The Initiative will further support human resources development, knowledge sharing activities and technology development. In anticipation of Japan’s growing regional leadership in climate action, this joint ISEAS-RIETI webinar will discuss in detail its policies and interests in advancing decarbonisation efforts in Southeast Asia, as well as identify opportunities for greater engagement.


  • Time and Date: 11:00am-12:30pm (Japan Standard Time), Thursday, October 7, 2021
  • Venue: Online (Zoom)
  • Language: English
  • Admission: Free
  • Hosts: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) / ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Contact: Ms. Marutake, Conference Section
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11:00 - 12:05 Presentation and Discussion

Speakers (in order of appearance)

Ryan Wong (Lead Researcher, Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme, ISEAS)

SODA Takeshi (Director for International Affairs, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan)

Moekti Handajani Soejachmoen (Kuki Soejachmoen) (Executive Director and Co-founder, Indonesia Research Institute for Decarbonization (IRID))

KOBAYASHI Hirokazu (Consulting Fellow, RIETI)


Sharon Seah (Coordinator, Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

12:05 - 12:30 Q&A

*Agenda is subject to change