The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) has been promoting various initiatives with the aim of realizing sustainable use of plastics within the goal of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. On March 8, 2021, TMG held an online seminar to introduce trends in innovative businesses and in the development of technologies in Japan and overseas which aim for a circular economy. The webinar was attended by a large number of domestic and foreign business people, NGOs, citizens, as well as people involved in the field from 12 overseas cities, and organizations including C40.
The seminar consisted of three parts. The first part entitled “Innovation toward decarbonized society and circular economy” presented a special lecture by Professor Eiji Hosoda of the College of Business Administration and Information Science at Chubu University. The second part, “Reuse Revolution,” introduced the latest trends in the reuse business. And, in the third part under the title “Closed-loop Technologies,” case studies of recycling-related technology development and business development were presented by leading companies in Japan and overseas. It was an opportunity for stakeholders of various fields to share their views on the latest business trends. This forum was intended to be a platform for the promotion of the circular economy.
A scene from the forum (Notice from Bureau of Environment)