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The Japanese and South Korean Steel Sectors & Climate Policy

April 2022

InfluenceMap’s new report finds that Japanese and South Korean steel companies rank among the most negative on climate policy engagement when compared with their global competitors. This opposition to Paris-aligned climate policy contrasts with many of the steel sector’s customers (in real estate...

How Japanese Industry Lobbied Against a Strong EU Taxonomy

April 2nd, 2020

The following briefing focuses on how Japanese industry associations lobbied the Taxonomy and considers how these lobbying positions contrast with those of some leading European financial institutions.

Japan's Energy Choices to 2020

November 2017

This report examines Japan's plans to expand coal both domestically and in Southeast Asia against global trends of accelerated renewable electricity capacity. It finds this strategy is misaligned with the strategic interests of Japan's technology-based industries.


Japan business lobby denies climate change sabotage claim

Keidanren director Masami Hasegawa says decarbonization is not the only goal that matters.


Karin joined InfluenceMap in October 2021 as an Analyst. She conducts the assessment and scoring of Japanese and Asian corporate engagement with climate change policy, as well as research on Japanese climate and energy policy in collaboration with Japanese partners. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has previously worked in government relations and sustainable development.

Reina joined InfluenceMap in November 2021 as an Analyst, and she is based in Tokyo. She works on evaluating and scoring Japanese corporate engagement with climate change policy, as well as researching on Japanese climate and energy policy collaborating with Japanese partners including non-profit, policymaking, finance, and corporate sectors. She holds a BA in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining, Reina worked for Sumitomo Forestry as an associate business planner and conducted research to design new business towards decarbonized society and regional revitalization.

As Country Manager, Monica leads the InfluenceMap content development and JETI engagement efforts from the Tokyo office with strategic partners in the non-profit, policymaking, finance, media and corporate sectors based in Japan and Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining InfluenceMap in 2020, she conducted research on energy policy at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). Monica holds a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Energy from Sciences Po, a Masters of Law in International Relations from Peking University, and a BA in Environment and Information Studies from Keio University.