Practical Workshop on Climate Assemblies: Featuring Local Cases in Japan and the UK

9:30-17:40, Thursday, 14 March 2024
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Climate Citizens' Assemblies are anticipated to be one way for various regions and countries to have a broad social consensus on promoting the transition to a decarbonised society. Climate Citizens' Assemblies gather together randomly selected citizens to form a microcosm of society. Assembly members are given balanced information with which to deliberate and formulate policy recommendations. These assemblies have been spreading rapidly in European countries and municipalities since 2019, and have recently been held in Japan, mainly in the Tokyo metropolitan area, after being implemented in Sapporo in 2020.

This workshop invites Professor Stephen Elstub (Newcastle University, UK), who has been deeply involved in organising national and local Climate Citizens' Assemblies as a leading expert in the UK. The workshop will bring together stakeholders involved in the practice and research of Climate Citizens' Assemblies in Japan to share and discuss their experiences. In particular, several representative examples from Japan and the UK will be highlighted, and case studies will be conducted with participants on a wide range of aspects of the effective organisation of Climate Citizens' Assemblies, with the aim of making more progress going forward.

We would like to extend an invitation to attend this workshop to any municipal officials, practitioners in related fields, researchers and other members of the public who may be interested in the organisation and use of Climate Citizens' Assemblies.

This practical workshop is held as part of “Japan-UK Mutual Learning on Climate Assemblies and Climate Democracy”, supported by JSPS KAKENHI (JP23H00526), the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Event Details

9:30-17:40, Thursday, 14 March 2024
“Research on the possibilities and challenges of climate democracy in Japan” Project
(JSPS KAKENHI (JP23H00526), led by Prof. MIKAMI Naoyuki, Nagoya University)
Institute for Dialogue of Environmental Policy (IDEP)
English and Japanese
(Simultaneous interpretation)
Related Links

Climate Citizens Assembliese Workshop Executive Committee Secretariat
[email protected]

Presentation Materials

Morning session:  ISHIKAWA Tomoko, IGES
Afternoon session: TAKEUCHI Ayano, Toho University

Part Ⅰ (Plenary session)

9:30-9:45Opening remarksMIKAMI Naoyuki, Nagoya University
9:45-10:20Keynote lecture“Recent developments of climate assemblies in the UK and Europe”
Stephen Elstub, Newcastle University
PDF (3.0MB)
10:20-10:45Presentation 1“Recent developments of climate assemblies in Japan”
MIKAMI Naoyuki, Nagoya University
PDF (578KB)
Presentation 2“Recent development of climate assemblies in Kanagawa”
PDF (251KB)
11:00-12:10Case report (1) Climate assemblies in Japan
 Climate Assembly for Tokorozawa (Saitama)
SAITO Nobuhiro
PDF (2.0MB)
Climate Assembly for Atsugi (Kanagawa)
ENDO Mutsuko
PDF (2.7MB)
Climate Assembly for Zushi and Hayama (Kanagawa)
KATO Hiroshi
PDF (1.8MB)
Climate Assembly for Tsukuba (Ibaraki)
PDF (3.3MB)
12:10-13:00Lunch break  
13:00-13:25Case report (2) Climate Assemblies in the UK
 KAINUMA Mikiko and ISHIKAWA Tomoko, IGESPDF (690KB)

Part Ⅱ (Breakout session)


Group discussion
Focusing on the Japanese and UK cases presented in Part I

  • 1. What worked well and what was accomplished (Achievements)
  • 2. What seems to have gone wrong (Problems/issues)
  • 3. According to the above points, how can we implement the climate assembly more meaningfully in Japan?

Part Ⅲ (Plenary session)

15:35-16:15Sharing the results of the group discussion

Panel and general discussion

Panelists: Stephen Elstub, SAITO Nobuhiro, ENDO Mutsuko, KATO Hiroshi, TOKUDA Taro, Maggie Bosanquet (Durham County Council, UK), EMORI Seita (Tokyo University)
Facilitator: MIKAMI Naoyuki

17:30-17:40Closing remarksYAGISHITA Masaharu, IDEP 
18:00-20:00Reception (Fee for drinks: 3,000 yen)