MEET THE ADAPTMENT TEAM
The ADAPTMENT team brings together Japanese experts from various fields, such as climate change adaptation, animal ecology, sustainable development, disaster prevention, and design.
It was established in 2022 as a working group led by the Ministry of the Environment, based on the “skin model” of adaptation proposed by founder Eisuke Tachikawa.
The team is developing a design strategy for climate change adaptation and diffusing it internationally as a new movement to put the concept of sustainable development into practice.
Government officer promoting international cooperation for climate change adaptation.
After working as an electronic circuit design engineer at IBM Japan. and as an expert at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has been working at the Japan Ministry of the Environment as a specialist in climate change adaptation office since 2019. Consulting Engineer (E.E.)
Emeritus Professor, Keio University
Researcher who focuses on urban restoration adaptive to Climate change through watershed approach and promotes practical activities in the Tsurumi River watershed and other areas. Also known as a co-translator of "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins. In anticipation of an era of increasing heavy rainfall , he urges the need to know the "watershed" in which we live in order to protect ourselves from disasters. Author of "Watershed Thinking for Survival" (Chikuma Primer Shinsho, 2021).
Researcher specializing in marine resource management and marine conservation policy. Focusing on the interaction between ecosystems and social systems, Makino researches measures to harmonize the use and the conservation of the ocean. As part of his research to co-create knowledge in collaboration with citizens, he developed the “Hama-no-Dougubako (Marine Toolbox)”. Has provided tools to assist fishermen in solving their own problems. Author of "Japan's Marine Conservation Policy" (University of Tokyo Press, 2020).
Designer, writer, and researcher who first called attention to how the material economy of the Edo period can serve as a prototype for a well-functioning Circular Economy. After studying fine art and architecture at Yale University, he came to Japan and closely documented the work of Tsunekazu Nishioka, the master carpenter of Horyuji Temple and Yakushiji Temple. Since the March, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, he has been a key member of SAFECAST, a global citizen science environmental monitoring group, and works in the affected areas. Author of "Just Enough: lessons in living green from traditional Japan" (Kodansha International, 2010/ Stonebridge Press, 2022).
Advocate and project representative of “ADAPTMENT.” Design strategist who only works on projects for a hopeful future. Has won over 100 awards worldwide across the design of objects, spaces, and planes. Advocates “Evolutional Creativity,” a new educational method teaching the essence of creativity from the natural phenomenon of biological evolution. His most renowned projects include Tokyo Bousai and PANDAID. Author of the award-winning book “Evolutional Creativity” (Ama No Kaze, 2021).
Ecologist explores a wide range of topics, including conservation ecology, environmental risk assessment, and fisheries resources science. He seeks concrete solutions to various environmental problems and elucidates the unexpectedness of various ecological phenomena. Most recent research includes “Integrated Strategic Research on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Measures (granted by the Ministry of the Environment)”. Editor of "Ecological Risk Management" (Springer, 2021).
Researcher focusing on the relationship between people and nature in Satoyama (community-based forest in Japanese villages), and conservation of unique local landscapes. Mainly conducting fieldwork in satoyama in the Kyoto area and along the shores of Lake Biwa. Research interests include landscape planning based on landscape ecology and environmental design that integrates ecological and cultural values. Co-author of "Creating Resilient Landscapes in an Era of Climate Change" (Routledge, 2022).
Philosopher / researcher advocating the evolution of modern civilization through civilizational diversity (i.e. global solidarity of peripheral civilizations). Advocates the Brain Functional Analysis of Civilizations as a new perspective of the history of civilizations. Has had a "revolving door" career as a government official and researcher. As an bureaucrat, Maeda served as Director of the Financial Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. As a researcher, he has worked at Johns Hopkins University and Cambridge University. Author of “Civilizational Diversity and the Evolution of the Modern Civilization: Toward a Brain Functional Analysis of Civilizations” (ERISE Press, 2022).
Researcher specializing in climate change adaptation in developing countries. Has been a member of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) since July 2021, where she has been involved in policy research and capacity building projects related to climate change adaptation, as well as supporting negotiations on adaptation at the Japanese delegation to the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Co-author of “Climate Security: Global Warming and a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (Tokai Education Research Institute, 2021).
Professor of International Strategy for Disaster Mitigation Laboratory, aiming to provide more practical international strategies for disaster mitigation/post-disaster recovery and to develop international frameworks that enable us to realize the strategies based on field surveys and data analysis, at IRIDeS, Tohoku University. His main research topics are urban vulnerability assessment, and architecture/urban design for disaster management. Author of "Architecture, Space, and Disaster" (Corona Publishing, 2013).
Advocate of "Phase-Free", a new concept related to disaster prevention. Based on the premise that "it is difficult to be prepared," he advocates a concept of "Phase-Free," in which goods and services that are useful in everyday life can protect people's lives and livelihoods in times of emergency. Phase-Free has been widely introduced throughout Japan; for example, being adopted for municipal policies in the Naruto City Regional Disaster Prevention Plan in 2018. The development of Phase-Free certified products by companies is also expanding in Japan.
Adviser, the Ministry of the Environment
Adviser, Nippon Steel Corporation
Former Administrative Vice Minister of the Ministry of the Environment, who made "Circular and Ecological Economy" a key pillar of Japan's environmental policy. Advocated the concept of "Circular and Ecological Economy," which aims for a self-reliant and decentralized society that produces energy and food from local resources. Has formulated an environmental policy that aims for new growth by simultaneously addressing environmental, social, and economic issues. Currently, as an advisor to Nippon Steel Corporation, he supports the company's sustainability strategy.
Social scientist who approaches climate change adaptation from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her study of Sado island, Niigata Prefecture, examined the relationship between residents and the natural environment. She is currently examining the role of culture in adaptation to climate change. Lead author of the IPBES Values Assessment (2022) (IPBES: Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services).
Researcher engaged in international trends on climate change adaptation in developing countries. Has been with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) since March 2020, working on policy research and capacity building projects related to climate change adaptation. Experienced in sustainable tourism development in the Kingdom of Bhutan and marketing / product development work in the private sector. He is the author of the book "The book that understands ESG" (Shuwa System, 2022).
TACHIKAWA EISUKE / NOSIGNER
Project Founder, Art Director
YASUDA KENTARO / NOSIGNER
NOMURA MIKU / NOSIGNER
Researcher, Operations Manager
FUKUSAWA RYO / NOSIGNER
NOÉMIE KAWAKITA / NOSIGNER
AYA SAKURAI / NOSIGNER