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Developments in Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Markets - Japan and Asia
Date and Venue

9 October 2019
Time: 08:45-17:15
Venue: Hotel New Otani Tokyo
4-1, Kioi-cho,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-8578, Japan


The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA) will hold their 3rd joint conference on Developments in Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Markets in Tokyo on 9 October 2019 following the remarkable scale and seniority of attendance at the 2018 event and the Japanese market’s strong growth.
The Asia-Pacific green bond market is growing faster than any other region (35% increase in issuance from 2017 to 2018) and has the most issuers (222) of any region. The Japanese market has been amongst the most dynamic, with issuance growing by around 66% to US$4bn equivalent in 2018. In the context of the vast scale and global importance of the Japanese bond market, growing Japanese activity in sustainable finance is attracting widespread attention. Also, many of the national governments in Asia-Pacific, including Japan, are innovators in sustainable finance policy and guidelines. The Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s guidance on green bonds and associated measures, including the knowledge sharing platform, present an advanced example of official support for the market. Among Asian regional bodies, the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum has adapted the Principles for regional purposes.
Japan has also been a leader in promoting the SDGs, an initiative with which its securities industry has proactively collaborated. The Principles support pursuit of the SDGs through the mapping of the Principles to the SDGs, published in 2018.
The event will bring important updates and debates on the rapid evolution of the market and official guidance internationally. The Tokyo conference will once again bring together issuers, underwriters, investors, policymakers, market infrastructure and service providers who are active in the Asian green and social bond markets.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Leigh Anne Cooke.

This ICMA event is free of charge and open to all ICMA members and interested financial market participants; however registration in advance is essential.

For security reasons, delegates who have not registered in advance will not be admitted to this event. Delegates will be required to provide photo identification on arrival, to ensure entry. For any enquiries, please contact ICMA Events.


08:45   Registration, Networking over Tea & Coffee

  Welcome & Opening speech
Shigeharu Suzuki, Chairman and CEO, JSDA
  Panel 1: Regulatory innovation – comparing the EU and Asia
10:35   Coffee & Networking Break
11:05   Keynote

Panel 2: The role of SDGs in the capital markets
12:00   Lunch
13:10   Keynote

Panel 3: Corporate & Financial Institution Leadership Perspectives – Are Asian firms ready to mainstream issuance of Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds?
14:15   Leadership debate
14:45 Panel 4: Impact and ESG – measuring performance and market relevance
15:30 Coffee & Networking Break
16:00 Keynote
16:10 Panel 5: New Sustainability Taxonomies & Classifications
17:00 Keynote
Closing Remarks
Martin Scheck, Chief Executive, ICMA
17:15 Event Close
   *ICMA reserved the right to change this agenda
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