U.S.-Japan Climate Collaboration


We’re excited to partner with the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania for our upcoming panel discussion, U.S.-Japan Climate Collaboration!


We will delve into climate action within Japan, the ASEAN network, and the United States, focusing on the role of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources in each region – past, present, and future.  We will also explore global climate collaboration and alignment, including COP29. We’ll close with what we as global citizens need to know and can do to take climate action in our own lives.


U.S.-Japan Climate Collaboration will be held on Thursday, March 21 at the Duquesne Light Brightspace, Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Doors open at 5PM, and the speaking portion of the program will be 6PM–7PM. We encourage you to arrive right at 5PM to connect with each other over complimentary hors d’oeuvres.


We are proud to partner with the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania on this event! This event is part of the Japan Currents program, supported by the National Association of Japan-America Societies and the Embassy of Japan.


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About our Speakers

Dr. Ken Koyama is Chief Economist and Senior Managing Director at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). He is also Visiting Professor at Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo and Adjunct Professor at Institute of Innovative Research at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has served as a member of energy policy-related advisory councils and committees for the Japanese government.




Dr. Kay Shimizu is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and a Visiting Scholar at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Japan. Her research addresses institutional design and its effect on economic governance with a special interest in central local relations, property rights, and the digital transformation.




  Dr. Phillip Lipscy is professor of political science at the University of Toronto, where he is also Chair in Japanese Politics and Global Affairs and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Japan at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. He is cross-appointed as professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo. His research addresses international cooperation, international organizations, the politics of energy and climate change, and international relations of East Asia.




William Peduto will serve as moderator of our discussion. William Peduto is a distinguished executive in residence at Carnegie Mellon University. He served as the 60th Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh from 2014–2022. Prior to taking office, he worked for 19 years on Pittsburgh City Council – seven years as a staffer and then twelve years as a Member of Council.