Yuta Okazaki


Born in Tokyo, graduated from Keio University (Faculty of Policy Management), and obtained Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. Professor Okazaki entered Environmental Agency (Ministry of the Environment) in 1999 and have been in charge of pollution and climate change policy. His contribution includes drafting regulatory laws and tax policies, writing annual white paper on the environment, negotiating with other ministries and business sectors, involving in major court cases, and working for reorganizations of ministries and human affairs. He has temporarily posted to GENV since Sep. 2015. In U.S. he conducted quantitative analysis on state level renewable energy policy and interned at Center for Climate and Energy Solutions where he worked for policymaking and media strategy. During 2010 - 2013, he had been dispatched to Japanese Embassy in China and responsible for analyzing Chinese environmental issue and managing cooperation projects. He also gave lecture to Chinese National People’s Congress, universities, companies and NGOs and wrote to Chinese media. He is a member of Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies.

Introduction to Prof. Okazaki's Research Activities

Japan has been regarded as environmentally advanced country. From historical pollution cases to current climate change issue, how we had found problems, proposed solutions, and had (or not) reached consensus, through what kind of policymaking process? --- My research focuses on environmental policymaking process through which various stakeholders negotiate and build consensus, based on case studies including experience of Japanese environmental administration as well as international negotiation and cooperation for cross border issues.

Education and Research Focus at GENV

Based on my experience in Japan, U.S., and China, you are guided to view and discuss real cases with a critical manner. In China, while people are suffering from severe pollution, the government has started implementation of carbon emission trading scheme ahead of Japan and U.S. This kind of competition of environmental policy, strategic action by business sectors, and participation of citizens/NGOs are also discussed.

What can students learn from taking Prof. Okazaki's courses?

Various environmental policy tools and examples will be taught with first hand stories which would make students easily understand policy making in reality. Students are expected to learn how policy goals and relevant policy tools will be defined and implemented, and how different stakeholders will work for achieving consensus among them.

Research Seminar Synopsis

Instructor will give basic knowledge on environmental policy and policymaking, guide students to choose topics with their interests, and facilitate class discussion. Current policy issues are also examined. By following policy discussion at global/national/local level, interviewing stakeholders, participating in public comment, we will explore better policy and policymaking among various policy options. Students’ initiatives for selecting topics, guest lecturers, field research etc., are always welcomed.