7th Members’ Meeting “How are our companies committed to the circular economy?“ (13/3/2019)


The Circular Economy kick-started in Europe has become an important area of concern also for Japan to deal with. In particular, Japanese enterprises engaged in global business in European market are urged to reconsider their attitudes toward eco-design requirements and recycling.

It is, therefore, expected to make this opportunity a forum for discussion as to how to connect the trend of activation in circular economy in Japan to the business activities among participants of this meeting through learning how they have responded based on the viewpoint of resource circulation, the novel approaches in shifting focus from selling products to providing services, and the provision of logistics and platforms.

Meeting Agenda

Date & Time: 13:30 ~ 17:30, March 13, 2019

Spacee Rental Room Iwamotocho, 3rd floor TaKiGaMi Building
3-11-7 Iwamotocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0032
(2 minutes on foot from Exit 4 of Akihabara Station on Tokyo Metro Akihabara)


13:30−13:40 Welcome remarks

13:35−16:15 (The time allocated for each speaker is 30 minutes, with a further 5 minutes allowed for Q&A)

13:35−14:10 “Our efforts by Akari E Solution”, Mr Akio Tajima, Panasonic Environmental Technology Solution Co., Ltd.

14:10−14:45 “Shift toward All-in-One (multifunction) machines and our efforts for resource circulation”, Mr Akira Ito, Ricoh Co.,Ltd.

14:45−15:20 “Building a platform in Circular Industry”, Mr Takashi Fukuda, TOKO Metal Co., Ltd.

15:20−15:55 “Policy Guidelines concerning Resource Circulation in Japan”, Ms Fumiko Arata, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division, Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

15:55−16:10 (break)

16:10−17:00 Discussion “Issues to be tackled with concerning Circular Economy in Japan”

17:00−17:30 (restoration of the room)

Meeting organizer: Mr Osamu Namikawa, Hitachi, Ltd.