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For realizing better environmental policymaking

Associate Professor

7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, Japan
Sophia University
Building No.2, Room 1620



Spring semester

  • Environmental Administration (Japanese/English)

Fall semester

  • Climate Change Policy (Japanese/English)

Spring/fall semester

  • Research Seminar A/B/C/D (Japanese/English)
  • Research Guidance (Japanese/English)

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 do 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.