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Reo Kawamura

Director for Environmental Policy and the RKC-MPD


Reo Kawamura has spent over 20 years as a government official in Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOE). During his tenure, he focused on various environmental policies, particularly in areas such as climate change mitigation, biodiversity, and promotion of sustainable fashion. Recently, he worked on the consideration of a new statutory plan for Japan's environmental policy, aiming to enhance its environment, economy, and society by aligning it with contemporary trends such as carbon neutrality, the circular economy, and nature-positive initiatives.

Kawamura also had international assignments, including working with the OECD in France and serving in roles within the Ministry of Finance and the Nuclear Regulation Agency. After serving as the Director of the Office of Environmental Education and concurrently as Senior Planning Officer of the General Policy Division, starting in July 2023, Kawamura has taken the helm of the Environment Unit and the Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris (RKC-MPD) at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). 



  • Environmental policy planning
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity into various sectors
  • Sustainable fashion





Master of Public Administration (MPA)
SIPA, Columbia University, USA


Bachelor of Economics
Waseda University, Japan



2022 – 2023

Environmental Education, Minister`s Secretariat, MOE

2022 – 2023

(Concurrent) Senior Planning Officer
General Policy Division, Minister`s Secretariat, MOE

2022 – 2021

Office of Global Environment and Decarbonizing Innovation Research, Global Environment Bureau, MOE

2020 – 2021

Office for Mainstreaming Biodiversity, Nature Conservation Bureau, MOE

2019 – 2020

Private Secretary to Minister of the Environment
Minister`s Secretariat, MOE

2018 – 2020

Planning Officer for the Diet Issues
Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Nuclear Regulation Agency, Japan

2014 – 2015

Deputy Budget Examiner
5th Section of Education and Science, Budget Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan

2011 – 2013

Non-paid Consultant
Division for Environmental Performance and Information, Environment Directorate, OECD, France

Select Publications

Reo Kawamura and Takumi Koyama (2022), 'Special Contribution: Research and Development, Support for Utilization in Society on Global Warming Countermeasures, implemented by Ministry of the Environment',The Magazine of P2M, vol. 15 (0), pp.3-8, 2022, International Association of P2M.(in Japanese)

Reo Kawamura (2021), 'Book Review: Toshi H. Arimura, Shigeru Matsumoto (eds.) 'Carbon Pricing in Japan'',Review of Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, vol.14 (2), pp.76-79, 2021, Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies. (in Japanese)

Reo Kawamura (2021), 'Explanation on 'Survey on Environmental Burden by Fashion Industry': From 'Special Seminar in Annual Conference 2021' of Japan Research Association for Textile End-Uses',Journal of the Japan Research Association for Textile End-Uses, Vol. 62 (7), pp.428-432, 2021. (in Japanese)

Reo Kawamura (2011), 'States and Trends of Emissions Trading in Various Countries',Sustainable management, vol. 11 (1), pp.90-110, 2011, Sustainable Management Forum in Japan. (in Japanese)

Haruhiko Nishimura and Reo Kawamura (2008), 'Movement towards Domestic Emissions Trading Scheme in Federation and States of the US',Monthly jurist, vol. (1357), pp.70-79, 2008, Yuhikaku Publishing Co., Ltd. (in Japanese)