About ICLEI Japan

ICLEI Japan was founded in 1993, as one of the country offices of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and serves to build and enhance the local governments’ network in Japan. ICLEI Japan supports the member cities to lead local initiatives, to promote global collaboration to achieve regional and global sustainability in partnership with other ICLEI offices and partner organizations.

Our Governance

Board of directors(as of 1st of June 2021)




Hironori Hamanaka

Special Research Advisor
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Gino Van Begin

Secretary General, ICLEI World Secretariat

Yuriko Koike

Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Daisaku Kadokawa

Mayor, City of Kyoto
Chair, ICLEI East Asia Regional Executive Committee

Kenji Kitahashi

Mayor, City of Kitakyushu

Kazumi Matsui

Mayor, City of Hiroshima

Reiko Matsushita

Mayor, City of Musashino

Takeharu Yamanaka

Mayor, City of Yokohama

Chair: Prof. Hironori Hamanaka

From 1971, Professor Hamanaka served for the Ministry of Environment, playing an active role in the field of environmental policy, specifically in topics such as air and water quality protection, and contributed to intergovernmental negotiations in areas including the Kyoto Protocol and its implementing rules. From 2001, he served as Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs. He retired from the Ministry in 2004 and, in the same year, began teaching as a professor at Keio University, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. He has served as the Chair of ICLEI Japan Office since July 2005. He served as the Chair of the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies Board of Directors from April 2007 to June 2017, and serves as Special Research Advisor since July 2017. Professor Hamanaka received a B.A. in Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1967.

Director: Togo Uchida

Born in UK and grew up in Melbourne and Tokyo, Togo started his career at Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) working on donor coordination and aid policies. Gradually, his interest shifted to environmental policies and climate change and spent over 8 years in Thailand and Cambodia as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Project Formulation Adviser on Climate Change and Environment. After serving one year at Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) as Programme Manager for promoting SDGs at cities in ASEAN countries, Togo have assumed the position as the Director of ICLEI Japan from July 1st, 2018.

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