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Message from the Chairperson

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YAMAMOTO Ryoichi,

Chairperson,
Tokyo Metropolitan Public University Corporation

Tokyo Metropolitan Public University Corporation launches full-scale efforts to address a range of issues, including the current climate and environmental emergency, with the goal of helping to build a society capable of achieving sustainable development.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Public University Corporation operates two universities (Tokyo Metropolitan University and Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology) and one college (Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology). The Public University Corporation Tokyo Metropolitan University, the predecessor of Tokyo Metropolian Public University Corporation, was established at the inauguration of Tokyo Metropolitan University in 2005.
In April 2020, to mark a new heading, it was renamed the Tokyo Metropolitan Public University Corporation. Under these circumstances, I was appointed as Chairperson succeeding Dr.SHIMADA Haruo.

As I am sure you are aware, the novel coronavirus infection is currently taking a significant social and economic toll around the world. Many countries around the world have declared a state of emergency, and the demand for development of vaccines and therapeutic agents, and changes in the outlook and behavior of citizens worldwide has been urgent. Beyond the pandemic, massive anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases appear to be accelerating global warming, which is causing people to face extreme weather events almost every year. Having declared a climate emergency, 14 nations and over 1,860 jurisdictions in 33 countries have embarked on major social transformation with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, in order to meet the 1.5 ºC goal set under the Paris Agreement. A recent study suggests that by 2035 the Arctic sea ice will undergo complete melting during the northern hemisphere summer and that global warming will continue to accelerate. The human race therefore stands at a critical juncture. In response, growing numbers of local governments in Japan have declared a climate emergency and/or announced goals of net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Advocating specific action alongside its climate emergency declaration, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government released its Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy in December 2019. In October 2020, the Prime Minister announced the goal of achieving a carbon-neutral society by 2050, and in November of the same year both houses of Representatives and Councillors passed a climate emergency declaration.

I was appointed Chairperson at this particular time when humans are confronting not just a novel coronavirus, but a climate and environment emergency. In response, I have gathered both resolve and motivation. The Tokyo Metropolitan Public University Corporation has set the goal of achieving a carbon neutral society by 2050 and plans to incorporate this goal into its operations, education, and research. Neither the novel coronavirus nor carbon dioxide recognizes international borders. Global response will be essential to resolving both issues. With this in mind, we will seek to attract talented students and researchers from home and abroad and to confront the challenges posed by our shared human goals, including achieving the Paris Agreement goals and UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) based on a global perspective.
Playing an ever-growing role as a think tank for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government which is the government body responsible for establishing the Tokyo Metropolitan Public University Corporation, we will strive to help establish a society capable of achieving sustainable development as an academic institution with roots in Tokyo but open to the world.

April 2021
YAMAMOTO Ryoichi